Book Review: The Book Thief


The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Wow.  Just wow.  My eyes are still puffy this morning from the buckets of tears I shed while reading the final chapters of this book last night.  This is by far the best work of fiction I have read in a long time.  I gave it 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

The story, narrated by Death – such an interesting perspective, centers around a poor foster child in Nazi Germany during wartime.  The characters are so wonderfully developed, and the vivid imagery paints pictures that you will not soon forget.  It’s unlike anything I’ve every read – the narrator keeps jumping around, telling you how things end before you get to the end… but somehow you still maintain this sense of foreboding hope that things will work out.  But, as you may imagine about a book set during the Holocaust, the ending is not a happy one.

It’s a story that tells the power of words, of kindness, of friendship, of music, of hope, of prayer, of love and yes, even of death.

Read it.  You will not be sorry.

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2 Responses to Book Review: The Book Thief

  1. Debi Kirksey February 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    It’s on my request list at the library–I’ve heard great things about it.

  2. Meg Solley March 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Laura,
    My name is Meg and I run a site called I was looking for reviews of The Book Thief to share on our site and I came across your post… If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at meg(at)booknixie(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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