Review: Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

About Book Thief

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 meagre 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 neighbours 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.


I have struggled with this review, reason being I read the Book Thief a few months back. It was also a book that was average. It was not a great read and neither was it a horrible read. The books set in Germany during World War II. It is the story of a young girl named Liesel. The first book I’ve read with death as the narrator. Interested albeit unconvincing.

The book is plot-driven, it’s about life and war. It creatively describes life during World War II in Germany. It shows the experience of young adults during World War II. It’s a book that illustrates the love of reading and how one would go to great lengths to get what they want.

The most striking thing that I took from this book is Death. In the eyes of death, we are all the same and it does not matter our backgrounds, our status, tribe, creed or colour, in the end, we all die. The book is classified as Young Adult fiction, probably because the protagonist is a young adult. I think the book was written and intended for adults.


3 thoughts on “Review: Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  1. I read this book many years ago but really enjoyed reading it. I like the unique aspect of Death being the narrator. I’m sorry that you didn’t find it to be that great. I hope you enjoy your next read!

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