The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Black Swan: paperback published 2007: 554 pages


Here is a small fact

You are going to die.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

Some important information

This novel is narrated by Death.

it’s a small story, about:

a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

Another thing you should know

Death will visit the book thief three times.


I can’t even review this book properly. When I first read this book, I loved it so much that when I reached the end, I couldn’t bear for the story to end, and so turned it over and started all over again. That is how good the book is. Really.

I NEVER do this. I barely ever even read a book twice. Now I’ve just finished my sixth round of reading, and it still hasn’t lost any of its magic.

Narrated by Death – who is not only practical, but also witty and caring – this story follows the childhood of Liesel in Nazi Germany. Cue humour, heartbreak and some pretty intense secret-keeping. And a few stolen books. Liesel is a big and bold character, lighting up the pages and befriending you. And the other characters – the quiet ones, the kind ones and even the not-so nice ones – are richly written and tell stories of their own.

This is my favourite book of all time.

Review over. Now go read it.

Rating: 10/10 (with double points for awesomeness)



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2 responses to “The Book Thief

  1. I didn’t re-read this book immediately after finishing it the first time, but I can understand how you could do that. Everything about this book was wonderful, I don’t know if I’d say it’s my favorite book ever, but it’s definitely on the short list.

    If you haven’t already, check out I Am The Messenger by Zusak, it’s another wonderful read.

  2. DearStephenKing

    I love this book too! It’s such a beautiful story.

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