The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

bookthief.gif There are certain books that are intended for teens that adults can’t help but read. The Book Thief is one of those books. It is probably unlike any other book you have ever read. First off, it’s narrated by Death. Yeah, that’s right, Death. Here’s how he describes the book:

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

The girl is Liesel Meminger. She steals her first book long before she can read. Growing up in Nazi Germany, Liesel begins to understand just how powerful words can be. Zusak’s characters are memorable and endearing. I thought about them long after I finished reading the book. Being about World War II, they experience moments of complete heartbreak. But, they are also filled with hope, joy and boundless determination if little luck. Don’t skip this one because it’s depressing. The New York Times said “It’s the kind of book that can be life changing.” I wholeheartedly agree.

2 thoughts on “The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

  1. Ah, but guess what?!? The book was originally for adults in the UK, and when it crossed the pond some smart publisher said, “Hey, let’s market this to kids.” I believe I came across this hot news flash from Publisher’s Weekly, but I wouldn’t swear to it. What kind of librarian am I not researching the facts before disseminating them? ;D

  2. I need to get off my butt and read this already. I bought it for my wife for Christmas last year and she recently got around to reading it and just loved it.

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