The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Pages: 592 / audiobook: 13 hrs 56 min

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t 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.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Novel Gobblers Perspective

Carol's Rating:  ★★★★

I have avoided this book for a long time, mainly because of all the hype. After some encouragement from a friend, I finally decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did! I get it now. I get all the hype.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Allan Corduner who delivers a fantastic performance. With a pleasing voice, tempo, and German accent, the characters were brought to life.

Beautifully written with a refreshing twist on the telling of a story set during WWII, the story is told by Death who is surprisingly empathetic yet of course, being very busy during wartime, he has a job to do. He tells about Liesel, her mother and brother, her stern foster mother, her gentle, accordian playing foster father, her adventurous friends, how they feel about the Fuhrer, and Liesel's penchant for books.

The characters have depth and interest, the story is engaging, touching, and filled with lyrical phrases. Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!