Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Liesel Meminger is only nine years old when she is taken to live with the Hubermanns, a foster family, on Himmel Street in Molching, Germany, in the late 1930’s. She arrives with few possessions, but among them is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, a book she stole from her brother’s burial place. During the years the Liesel lives with the Hubermanns, Hitler becomes more powerful, life on Himmel Street becomes more fearful, and Liesel becomes a full-fledged book thief. She rescues books from Nazi book-burnings and steals from the library of the mayor. Liesel is illiterate when she steals her first book, but Hans Hubermann uses her prized books to teach her to read. This is a story of courage, friendship, love, survival, death, and grief. This is Liesel’s life on Himmel Street, told from Death’s point of view.

This is an amazing book, all the hype and promotion that I had heard before reading it was well and truly deserved. It is a novel that is completely different to any that I have read before and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

As the intro says, it is the story of Liesel’s life, it was a hard life, but one that was full of love, devotion and learning.

The book is full of colour, life and music in one of the world’s darkest times, World War II.

Favourite Quote: One eye open. One still in a dream. page 21.

Recommended Retail Price $16.99-26.99

Published by Knopf

Recommended Age: 18+

My Rating: 4.5/5

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