BOOK REVIEW: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 INFORMATION

51a99tea6il-_sx317_bo1204203200_Title:  The Book Thief
Series:  –
Author:  Marcus Zusak
Publisher:  Black Swan
Published:  September 2007
Language:  English
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  554
ISBN: 9780552773898

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

Genre: Historical Fiction, YA.
Average Goodreads rating: 4.35

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 her 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 MORE 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.

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MY REVIEW

My Rating and General Opinion

5*

Fantastic! A piece of art! That’s what comes to mind when I think about this book. It was perfect, the perfect mix between seriousness, fun and sweetness.

The Writing

I won’t lie, I struggled when I started this book. The writing and the style this whole book is written on was nothing like I’ve ever read so it took me some time to get into our curious narrator’s mind. But once I was in, there was not getting out. As you know, Death is the narrator of this book and doesn’t look like anything I could have pictured him as. There are some funny and caring touches to his character that I would have never imagined him having. Plus the short chapters and the division inside those chapters made the reading a much easier and faster work.

The Story

This book takes place during the WWII, during the whole period of it in a little town known as Molching (fictional) and it follows the life and thieving adventures of a little girl named Liesel. Liesel is such a sweet girl that you will feel for her instantly. She has to leave her home and finds herself in a new town, with a new family not knowing anyone and having recently stolen something (even if it wasn’t that intentional, here’s where the book took its name from). Even though she finds herself in a strange world all by herself she soon fins a best friend and something she probably never thought to look for, a father. With the Nazi party and all of that dreadful noise on the background the story advances mostly following the voices of these children and some surprise visits. Each interaction Liesel has only adds to his character and I am really glad to see her mature the way she did plus all of the importance books have in this storyline. It is true that books are our most precious knowledge.

The Characters

Although this book is narrated by death itself, the main character here is Liesel Meminger a really curious and interesting young german lady. You will feel for this little girl, because she is so lively and hungry of knowledge that you will instantly connect with her.
Then we have Rudy, that damn kid… who doesn’t have some Rudy in their life? At least in their childhood? That kid, who apparently doesn’t give a damn, is a rebel but has the heart of a lion…
Then appears in the scene one of the best characters and the best addition to this story. Max, what a catch and what a, simply put, whole-hearted person he is. After everything he had to go through I just couldn’t understand some aspects of his personality. Although he did have some vivid imagination where he fought the devil impersonated, he still spoke about himself and his ethnicity as if it was his/their fault, he was a victim but not because of who he was but because of some other horrendous sentiments and thoughts!! (I get really frustrated because this topic really enrages me!)
Then we have my most beloved character up til date, Papa. How much I love this guy and how much I suffered with and for him… Of course there must have existed people like him there but still I found it magical to see someone like this man, full of possibilities, with a mind of his own and without prejudices… He was so sweet towards Liesel that it broke my heart whenever he was so clearly suffering.
There were some other great appearances including all of Mama’s moments where she proved not to be the cold and heartless she seemed at first. And the last positive and female influence in Liesel’s life, the Mayor’s wife, with all she had going on inside her head she still found a space for Liesel and I am pretty sure she did have real feelings towards this young lady.

All overall this was a character driven book, and its characters were painfully real and heart-felt.

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Without a single doubt I would recommend this book!! It is an interesting theme and the writing and story in itself, are so sweet, sad and overall fantastic that will keep you hanging on.

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7 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    • matxi_books says:

      You should! Yes I’ve been hearing about this one for a long time and wanted to see the movie too, but I thought best to first read the book and when I found myself in the mood for it I went ahead and I don’t regrret it at all! 😉

      Liked by 1 person

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