Review: The Book Thief

Available now: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

*****5/5 stars

Don’t be put off by the young adult category or the experimental format: this one is worth your time.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re open to experimental fiction and alternate formats,
  • If you’re looking for something new and utterly original in Halocaust literature,
  • And if you hope to be completely undone by a book once in a while, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 characters
  • 5/5 plot
  • 5/5 overall


“Brilliant” and “life-changing” boasts the cover, and I’m not sure I can do much better, except maybe to add life-affirming.  The Book Thief is uniquely narrated by a powerless Death, who must pause in his work–mandated by far reach of World War II– to notice one little girl and tell her story.  Overall, the takeaway is this: in an era when it’s difficult to keep up with books before they get made into a movie, this one is worth catching.  It’s disheartening and uplifting all at the same time, and it stays with you long after the last page is turned.

Available on Amazon: The Book Thief

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