The Book Thief- Markus Zusak


Synopsis (from amazon)

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH

It’s a small story, about:

a girl

an accordionist

some fanatical Germans

a Jewish fist fighter

and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

Review

Oh wow! Someone asked me if they should bother reading this (whilst I was still reading it) because they’d heard that the ending was horrible. Which is a bit of a silly thing to ask about really. A story narrated by death, in Nazi Germany, pretty much guaranteed to to have some not very happy bits. Yes, by the way, the end is pretty horrible but inevitable, and not unexpected. With death being the narrator it means that you do get some sort of inkling of some of the things which will happen. Not the complete situation, but enough not to be too surprised.

You would think that with knowing what would happen would make you stop yourself from getting too attached to the characters involved, or stop you from being too sad when things happen to them. Somehow it didn’t however. Maybe it was where the hints were placed, that we got to know the characters enough to be a little attached already.  Maybe it was that you can’t really stop yourself from becoming attached to characters even when you really, really don’t want to be attached to them.

Either way I did feel attached. At times that made things heart wrenchingly sad. At times it brought tears to my eyes.

But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

4.5/5

Buy it:

Paperback (£3.50) Edition other than shown 

Kindle (£0.99)

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9 Comments

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9 responses to “The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

  1. Have you seen the movie version? I tried to read it, but hated it, so I gave up about half way through, but I watched the movie on Saturday night on my flight back from Canada & the movie is pretty good.

  2. I really enjoyed that book and would recommend it. Completely different with the way it is written and here as well the point of view of course and it make it really special.

  3. Sounds sad but worth it

  4. This is on my classics club list and a few people have recommended I get to it sooner rather than later – and here is another review making me want to read it right now!

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  6. Oh your really should, I put it off too long

  7. Not yet, I’m hoping to see it this week- before it disappears from the cinemas. I was waiting to read the book first

  8. I saw you gave the book 5 stars. Really enjoyed it I take it? I couldn’t stand it, but loved the movie.

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