The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefTitle: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 584
Buy: Asda; Waterstones
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Who knew that death had a sense of humour?

Not only that but a dry, deadpan humour that is combined with insightful observations about humanity, war, people, and life.

The book is refreshing in the way it is written which for anyone who hasn’t read it, it is narrated by death, and therefore we get to know his humour and observations. Now for a book narrated by Death that covers the Second World War period, in Germany, you might expect it to be dark, moody, depressing. In fact it is humanity and the horrors of the second world war that are causing him (I shall refer to death as ‘him’ for simplicity’s sake) great sadness and despair.

He’d also like to let us know that he does not carry a sickle or a scythe. The hooded black robe is saved for when it’s cold, and that he doesn’t have skull-like facial features.

The story follows that of Liesel a small German girl who is for all intents and purposes orphaned, and goes to live in a small German town with two strangers who will look after her and treat her as their daughter. During the story she will experience trials, tribulations, and learn to cope with what is a harrowing situation.

There is also loss, love, and despair throughout. She also steals some books; so death calls her the Book Thief.

I find this review difficult to write because although I liked a lot about the book, the characters, the writing and the originality of it, I just didn’t think it was a fantastic book that deserved a higher rating from me. I liked it, and I think you will too.

Now there are a lot of people who love this book and think it is fantastic, you might do, for me, I liked it, but I didn’t find it as life-changing or enthralling as others. It is a book that I enjoyed reading but wasn’t desperately trying to finish to find out what happens.

That may not be the case for you, I’d recommend you give it a try.

View all my reviews


Posted on January 16, 2014, in Historical Fiction and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m yet to read this one…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


"Of reading many books there is no end…"

My Tiny Obsessions

dedicated to small everyday obsessions ... tv shows ... movies ... books ...

Novel Heights

Books, books and more books - what I've read & what I thought.

Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

To read on and off the rails

Raanan Bar-Cohen

all about the Partnerships

%d bloggers like this: