Friday, January 04, 2008

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- Review

Title and author of book?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What led you to pick up this book?
So many recommendations from other people and intrigued by the cover and title- anything to do with books!

From Amazon
“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.

What did you like most about the book?
I loved the narration of death and the way the characters and their relationships were presented. I loved the way that it tugged at my heart strings, especially at the end and I am not ashamed to admit I had a cry!

What did you like least?
It took me a while to get into for some reason but then suddenly gripped me.

Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books?
No but will definitely be searching them out.

What did you think of the main character?
What a feisty young lady! Made me consider heavily what I would do in her situation.

Any other particularly interesting characters?
Papa. And Rudy. And Max. I loved the male characters in this book.

Share a quote from the book:
“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Liesel kissed her best friend Rudy Steiner soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret…” I was blubbing at this point.

Share a favourite scene from the book:
One of the meetings of Max and Liesel- don’t want to say more and give a spoiler.

What did you think of the ending?
Wonderful but sad. Sad at what happens and sad that it ends.
I highly recommend this book!
Rating (trying out this system!)


Rhinoa said...

I am really really really looking forward to reading this. So glad you loved it! said...

All I hear is good things about this book!

Kayleigh said...

I'm halfway through this book right now and love it. It's a perfect mix of quirkiness and drama with a very witty narrator.

miss clio said...

i read this a couple of years ago and i loved it, couldnt put it down and recommend to everyone and anyone to read it