Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: a book review

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

"The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time."


I have often heard this book mentioned by my book reading peers. Most mentions came in the form of raves about how amazing the book is. Many even called it their favorite read of all time. This being said, it took me a while but I finally took the time to pick it up a couple months ago.

There really is no way for my to sum up all of the emotions and love I formed for this book while I was reading it. Honestly, all I can say is 'WOW' these people were right once again. Markus Zusak definitely wrote a book that will stand the test of time.

I usually point out my opinions of the characters & how well they were written. I will not be doing so for this book. All I will say is that I loved the ones I feel I was supposed to & hated the ones he clearly meant for us to hate. I laughed with them, cried for them, & shared all their emotions in between. And a good two months later, I find myself still thinking about this book & these characters.



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