Book Review: The Book Thief -Markus Zusak

19063The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Pages: 552
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 2/5 stars


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.


Being a huge fan of contemporary books, I decided to read The Book Thief which is historical fiction. When I was learning about Nazi Germany in 8th grade, it was interesting and I wanted to know more about the time period. However, I didn’t like this book.

Another factor that motivated me to read this book is that my English teacher (this year) showed us an excerpt from the book. He asked us which gender we thought was narrating the book. Everyone in the class thought it was a man except for me and my teacher. The narrator was death.

Overall, I only found some parts of the book enjoyable. Something about it was just uninteresting.

I thought that the German words, in italics, were unnecessary. I’m not learning German so I skimmed over them. I also didn’t understand some of it.

This book was narrated by death. I thought that was a unique aspect of the book. In the end, I cried.


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