A Book Review: The Book Thief

Hello everyone! I'm back from my vacation from India, and I had a great time. I didn't get a chance to blog at all in India, but now that I'm back home I'm ready to jump back into the blogosphere!

While I was in India, I purchased a book, The Book Thief on my kindle fire. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and though I rarely write book reviews, I thought that it might be fun to write one on this particular book.

Summary: 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. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she 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 before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  - Via goodreads

I thought that The Book Thief  by Markus Muzak was researched well and written in a very creative way. The way that the book is narrated does not exactly fit into first person, second person, or third person. Instead, a character called "Death" who takes away people's souls after the die, narrates the story, based on his own experiences of when he's seen the main character of the book, "Liesel Meminger" and based on Liesel's writing about her own experiences. "Death" remembers deaths by a color, and he describes the three times he saw Liesel with the following colors: White, Red, and Black. The way that "Death" narrates may seem odd at first, as he mentions the different souls he is picking up, and tells parts of the ending of the book in the beginning. but after reading a few chapters, you'll get used to it. 

There was lots of research put into the book, and it was interesting to see how the people in Germany were living during the time of World War II. Before reading the book, I thought that it was only the people that the Nazis targeted that were suffering, such as the Jewish. After reading the book, I realized that the citizens of Germany were going through hard times then as well. 

I especially loved the characters in The Book Thief, as they were all very unique and most were good role models. For example, how Hans Hubberman comforted Liesel in the night when she had nightmares, and read to her, how Rudy Steiner remained a loyal friend to Liesel, and helped her in many ways, how Liesel loved to read, and so much more. 

A theme that was emphasized in the book, was that words are very powerful and that you can do anything with them. It was said that is how Hitler got power, by using his words. It was said that words can build up, and become very powerful. They can cause destruction and sadness, but they can also lead to happiness and joy.

Book Details:

Romance: There wasn't really any romance, except for the fact that Rudy Steiner often asked for a kiss in return for all of his favors.

Language: There were some German curse words in the book, but not a lot. 

Violence: There were some air raids, and talks of war. 

Age Recommendation: 11 and up (It depends how sensitive your child is to death and sadness)

My rating: 5 Stars

I hope you enjoyed this review, and will check out The Book Thief! Have a great day!


  1. Yay, you're back! :D I keep forgetting to get around and read the book... >.< Will you be doing a post about India?

    xoxo Morning

    1. You should read it! And, yes, I probably will be posting about India.

    i know the movie made me an absolute sobbing wreck, but the book looks absolutely awesome. i should really start it sometime xx

    1. You should read it! Yes, the movie was so sad! (The book is also very sad)

  3. Great post! I'm excited to hear about India - and so glad you came back! Did you tour India and go sightseeing, or did you visit a specific region, like North India or South India, to see family? We're going to India next summer after six years of not going there. We've always just visited family in Chennai and Bangalore, but next year we get to experience North India for the first time. xx

    Shine on,

    1. Thank you! I was visiting some relatives in Hyderabad, but I also toured North India for the first time! It was very fun!

  4. I've missed you! The Book Thief is wonderful. However, I find it a bit depressing and pessimistic. I think it would've been nicer if it didn't end with Leisel's death and instead maybe in some kind of heaven-like afterlife. The whole book's kind of grim.

    1. You're right, the whole thing is kind of grim, but making it that way made it seem realistic. Of course though, Max and Liesel reuniting was kind of a happy ending..

  5. SO many people have recommended The Book Thief but I still haven't read it - your review was great though!

    - www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you!
      You should really try it! It is an amazing book.


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