Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

No Comments
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

I read this for school, and wow. I'd been wanting to read it for a really long time but had never gotten around to it...

Liesel just struck an interesting chord with me. She was dependent on books, just like I am, and had an intriguing tenderness that made me care about her.

The narration is peppered with dark humor that makes this subject bearable to read about.

I really don't feel like doing much analysis today. But. Suffice it to say that I cried at the end.

This is pretty much a must read.
Next PostNewer Post Previous PostOlder Post Home

0 thoughts:

Post a Comment

I adore getting blog comments and am so grateful that you want to leave one! However, I'd like to ask that you please keep things respectful and spam-free. Thanks!