Review: The Book Thief

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Alfred A. Knopf

Set in Nazi Germany during World War II, The Book Thief tells the story of an orphaned girl named Liesel who develops a love of words – to the point that she begins to steal books in order to continue her love of reading.

This was my first time reading Zusak. I had started reading this book back in the winter but got distracted when a number of holds came in from the library. I’m glad I made my way back to it, though. I was very touching and well-written. At first, the idea of Death as the narrator took some getting used to, but I think Zusak pulled it off well. I’m not normally someone who reads for language (normally I prefer  a plot with lots of action and a compelling cast of characters), but I admired the author’s ability to create beautiful images with words. I found myself really caring for the characters and anxious to know whether they would survive the war. I look forward to reading I Am The Messenger in the near future.



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