Book Review: The Book Thief

4:06 AM Friday, May 14, 2010

Who knew Death was such a compassionate soul, who remembers things by it's color, and is fascinated by the life (not death) of 9 year old German foster girl? Through Death's perspective, we watch Liesel Meminger become a thief (of the best kind) as she copes with the world going crazy around her. While losing her family, befriending Jews, living under Nazi rule, and dealing with her best friend, 9 yr old Liesel struggles to put her mind around what is going on with the world.

I am not someone who likes to know, or predict, the ending of a book, scene, or story line before it is told. In fact, I won't hesitate to put it down if I can. However, Zusak's unique narration keeps someone like me engaged while giving away what is about to happen. So even if you're like me, read on! This isn't a story about the destination, it's about the journey.

I'm not usually one for making a prediction for how well a book will sell or how wide spread it's influence will reach, but every now and then you see one you know is going to go somewhere.  The Book Thief is one of those books.  I believe that this book will one day be considered a classic.  If it isn't yet studied as part of high school curriculum somewhere, it will be one day.


  1. I've got THE BOOK THIEF on my bookshelf right now! Started it, but then life (and other readings) got in the way. I can't wait to pick it up again.


  2. I read it for a book club so I had to finish it on time. But believe me, I know how we can get distracted with other readings and life. Definitely pick it back up. Someday, it will come in handy for a good conversation with someone.


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