Book Review : The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Title : The Book Thief

Author : Markus Zusak

Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release date : March 14th, 2006

Rating : 6/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

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. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she 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 before he is marched to Dachau.

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

Review :

ONE OF THE BEST.BOOKS.EVER.

Seriously, first, the choice of narrator??? So original!! How did Zusak even think of that in the first place?? And to portray it not as an evil, lurking presence, but just a SOMETHING doing its job, observing, commenting, thinking, being captivated by the protagonist…

Second, ohh the innocence. Among the tragedy she’s in, she still wants to read and satisfy her curiosity, and play with her friend, and bicker and laugh and, ugh. It tore at my heart.

Third, I loved ALL THE CHARACTERS. It’s not often that I like all the characters in a book, but this one managed it because they represent everything I’d love in a family.

I don’t know what else to say, guys, just go read it. I’m sorry about the shortness of this review. I really have no words to describe how much I loved it. You won’t regret it.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review : The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  1. Lamia says:

    God did I love this book, it’s amazingly written and so rich in content. It’s definitely unforgettable 💖 Timeless a true classic (:

    Liked by 1 person

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