Review: Die Bücherdiebin (The Book Thief) by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief CoverTitle: Die Bücherdiebin
Original Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 588
Genre: Novel
Source: Library
Language: German
Published: 2008 (Original: 2005)
Publisher: cbj/Blanvalet
ISBN: 9783570132746

Summary (Goodreads):

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can’t resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever they are to be found.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel 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.

My thoughts: I liked that it wasn’t written like every other Novel. Words were used differently and a little experimental. I have to add, that I read it in German, so I can’t say anything about how it is in the Original Version.There were also a few Drawings in it. The Story was going up and down. On one page you were happy with the characters in the book and on the next you were shocked, scared or sad. I have to admit I even shed a few tears at some point of the book.

For me it was special to read this book in another way too because it’s about the history of my Country. Not a very nice history tho. That made it even more sad.

Overall Impression: I really liked the Book and definitely would recommend it but I also give out a warning: Don’t  take it for granted to get a happy end or an easy read. Take your time for this one.

Cover: I like the Cover. It made me look forward to reading it.

More Info on the author: Markus Zusak’s Parents are from Germany and Austria and Immigrated to Australia. The Book is a Tribute to their personal History during second World War.

Rating: 4.5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 4.5

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4 responses to “Review: Die Bücherdiebin (The Book Thief) by Markus Zusak

  1. Great review! I have this one in english and now I can hardly wait to start reading!

    To answer your question about the book you checked out in December….as long as you read it in January it will count towards the library challenge.

  2. I bought that one for the school library I work in a while ago and it’s pretty popular, although some students said that they found it too sad. I liked your review, it makes me want to read the book, too.

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