The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Overview: One of the most enduring stories of our time, The Book Thief is 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.

Julia McDermott (03/29/16): I loved this book! I had seen the film a few years ago, and I really liked it, but the novel was absolutely brilliant. As a writer, I learned a lot from the way this author told the story. The descriptions were wonderful, and I was riveted by the story. It's a wonderful thing that this book is available. My daughter read it before I did, and I texted her as soon as I finished it saying that I absolutely loved it.
Rating: *****

Judy Copek (07/27/14): I had heard a lot about this book and am so glad our book club decided to read it. The idea of "death" as the narrator was brilliant and all the characters were so eloquently drawn. The hints of what would happen in the future created a lot of suspense, and though sad and even tragic, the story was often happy as people took care of each other and made the best of their dire situations. I really do love The Book Thief. I'll never hear accordion music the same again.
Rating: *****

Chris Mehling: Excuse my repeat reviews, but I tend to read or purchase a book after reading them from Women's Book Reviews! I totally agree with the reviews on this book! It was so well written and had such an interesting perspective being told by "death" in the historical World War II era in Germany. The main character (12 year old Liesel) is illiterate living with foster parents in a town in Germany during a horrible time. I have not read many books about this era, but this story was told in such a way the book seemed to take on a life of its own. From Liesel learning to read, to reading to others, to writing in her own words. When I finished I just sat and reflected, on the story, the characters, and this horrific period of time. It was very moving and I would love it if there was a sequel, to hear the rest of Liesel's story.
Rating: *****

Wanda Cohen: Run, don't walk, to buy this book. I agree with everything that Kathy said. This is a treasure of a book and Markus is a genius. The words are so well used that they, themselves, become characters in this book. It isn't often that a gift like this comes along. You owe it to yourself not to miss this one. It reassures us that the English language might survive the IT age after all.
Rating: *****

Kathy McCurry: Wow! This author is an Artist with Words. This is among the most stunning books I've ever read. The author's unique ability to play with words in such a way that together they capture and create atmosphere is amazing. Having read numerous books about the horrible period of history that Germany in WWII was, the narrative provided by 'death' brings a totally new perspective. The main character - a 12 year old girl is richly captured in all of her complexity and innocence, as are the events of her life. But, the perspective from 'death' as an impartial and even compassionate 'player' is what adds a new dimension to this well-covered time in history. Perhaps a sequel is in the works? One can only hope as the reader is left wondering how the rest of the young girl's life transpired. I highly recommend this book - prepare to be captivated by the writing first, and the story as well.
Rating: *****

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