Book Review – “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

    Title:  The Book Thief

Author:  Markus Zusak

ISBN:  9780375842207

Publisher:  Random House


Synopsis (from

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 meager 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 neighbors 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.


My thoughts:  Well a huge thank you once again to my book club for introducing me to a book that I didn’t even know existed and hence would have never read without them!  My book club chose this is as our September selection and just discussed it tonight in fact.

I really enjoyed this book.  Don’t let the fact that it is technically characterized as a young adult book fool you, the topic and themes are heavy and thought-provoking.  This novel is set in Nazi Germany in 1930s – 1940s.  Liesel, a young orphan becomes intrigued with books, reading, and all that words have to offer.  The story, narrated by Death itself, follows her as she comes of age in Nazi Germany.

This is a novel about friendship, love, loss, connection, the power of words for good and evil, grief,  . . . and so much more!

It truly is a heartwarming, if not at times gut-wrenching book as it portrays quite vividly scenes from Nazi Germany!

As you are reading consider the following question/thoughts:

“How is the narrator, Death, characterized in the book?  Does it change as the book progresses?”

“Consider how much of our daily lives, thoughts, and beliefs are truly built simply on someone elses words.”

“Consider how guilt is a prevailing theme in this book.  What role does it play?

Truly an enjoyable book!

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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