Review | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (@Markus_Zusak)

28 March 2015


Publisher: Definitions
Pages: 584

This is the tale of the Book Thief,
As narrated by Death.
And when Death tells a stroy,
You simply have to listen.

It's a small story really, about, amongst other things:

A Girl
An Accordionist
Some Fanatical Germans
A Jewish Fist Fighter
And Quite A Lot Of Thievery

Let me start with this:

There is no way, no way at all that I can tell you just how amazing this book is in this review. If I could give this book a million stars I would. 

The Book Thief is one of the most beautiful and engaging books I have ever read. It is set in Nazi Germany and narrated by death who shares the story of a young girl living with foster parents after her mother has no choice but to leave her there to keep her safe.

As the book unfolds we read some of the best descriptions I have ever read, it is so deeply described and it suits the story so well. The story is narrated by death and we see everything through his eyes but it does not feel like it. You feel these people, you can tell the trouble they're going through and you fall in love with all of them and you're praying they come out of the war in one piece with one another.

Slowly, Liesel adjusts to her new life and new home with new friends. Rudy, her best friend, is amazing and I loved him. I loved how cheeky he was and how he was always asking her for a kiss and I sobbed my heart out when that kiss was finally delivered. 

As the story develops Liesel and her new family have a secret. They are protecting and hiding a Jewish fist fighter and trying to keep his safe from the government. They are doing all they can to help and when he gets gravely sick I am sure that it is Liesel's words that save him.

Of course, there are books, Liesel, after being taught by her foster father to read, starts to get her hands on books and on some occasions turns to thievery to achieve that. You could tell as you read the book how much the word mean to Liesel and in the end, they are her saviour and I absolutely loved that. Her love of books also helps her make a quasi-friend who allows Liesel to come and go to collect books.

At the end of the book, my heart was ripped apart and I cried my eyes out for Liesel and the pain she was feeling. Although, my saving grace came when the war ended and Liesel was reunited with someone she really thought she would never see again and it seemed fitting that they would find themselves together again. 

I absolutely loved this book and it's the first book I've read in paperback form since I bought my first kindle 5 years ago and that feels right. This feels like a book that you need to read in book form and I know that probably sounds silly but it really needs to be read this way. 

Markus has such a way with words and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for sharing this book with us. It will stay with me for a long time.


  1. What a great post! I completely agree with you about it being better in a paperback. I was lucky enough to have the hardback when it first came out and I wondered how the story and pictures that Max creates would come across on a kindle. I cried my heart out to at the ending, pretty sure some of the ink got smudged, so maybe a kindle would have one benefit...

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