Historical Fiction, Review, Young Adult

The Book Thief | Markus Zusak

Publisher: Black Swan
Published: 08/09/2007
Genre: Historical Fiction. Young Adult.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (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 meagre 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 neighbours 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.

If you ask me what my all-time favourite book is, I would have to say that honestly, it is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I have read this book 3 times since 2014 and I fall more and more in love with the characters each time I return to the world. I am captured from the beginning of the novel, when Death introduces himself as our narrator.

I love Liesel’s love for books, and for words in general. It is something that really helps me to connect to a book, when the main character shares my love for books. This book is definitely a tearjerker, but I think that it will remain to be my favourite book.


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