Friday, January 7, 2011 | By: Jason

The Book Thief (Book Review)

Review of The Book Thief--by Markus Zusak

I could not put this book down. The book was so good that I wish it did not have an ending. A truly amazing work of art full of emotion and powerful words.

"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."
— Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

Quick Synopsis from GoodReads:

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 cannot 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.


What an amazing book. A book that will stay with you, even after the last page. The story, although sad in some areas, is just incredible. The love and passion that Liesel has for words could be found in all people who really enjoy reading a good book.

Markus Zusak a great job with his use of colors. He has a very special gift of pulling the reader right into the story. His descriptions of the settings are marvelous to say the least. Truly Amazing!

Character development:

The Characters are great in this novel. Each character has his/her own personality and quality. It is guaranteed that you will fall in love with one or more of the characters in this book.


The design of this novel is one of a kind. The narrator is death in a setting that is surrounded by it. The emotions run high for the reader, the narrator, and the characters in the book. You will follow the life of a young child who grows up loving words and the people around her. Throughout her journey, she learns how worlds can also destroy.


WWII Germany. The authors’ artistic talent is shown in the way he describes each seen to the readers. He writes in such a way that you can almost see yourself being there; a talent unique to only few writers. However, the author does an incredible job doing it in The Book Thief.

Book Flow:

The book is a little long, however, flows very smoothly. Each chapter brings new twists and turns to keep the reader entertained for hours reading this book.

5 out of 5 Shots!!!

A must read for all who love to read books.


Liz said...

Zusak is such an incredible writer, & I loved his creativity in making the narrator Death. This book had me bawling, but I loved it!

Book_Sniper said...

Hi Liz, Thanks for commenting.

I really enjoyed this book. I read so many reviews saying that they didn't like death as the narrator, but death was all around during that period. It fits right in.

I just recommended this book to all my friends.

Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

Fantastic review! Although this is outside of my comfort zone, I'm adding it to my TBR. Thanks!

Book Sniper said...

Hello Theresa, I understand what you mean, but I can truly say this book had me hooked from the first chapter.

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