The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak


Markus Zusak is a prize-winning writer. He lives in Australia with his wife and daughter.

The book in one sentence: How words and books changed the life of the book thief, and how in turn she uses them to help the lives of people around her.

Who would you recommend it to: Someone who is looking for a meaningful read and enjoys books set during the World War.

OK bits: I like how books and words were so important to some of the characters, and how in some ways books and words save their lives.

Boring bits: I find the narration a bit peculiar and hard to comprehend sometimes. Quirky, nonetheless.

Random review quote:

“A weighty novel worthy of universal acclaim… The story of the Book Thief, who tried to change the world in her own small way, proves one formidable and inspiring distraction” – Daily Express

Verdict: I bought this book for RM12, and it was worth that and more too. A book along the lines of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, I don’t see it as a children’s book, as it is sometimes categorised under. A book I enjoyed (in a sad way) and recommend.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. aloi
    Dec 13, 2008 @ 10:50:24

    i love this book! it’s such a strangely written book and the perspective – ha! who would think of writing from the viewpoint of death?!?

    i haven’t gotten around to reviewing it as i want to read it again, and slower next time round. you’re right that it doesn’t seem to be a children’s book, everyone should read it at least once.

    i bought it for waaaay more than RM12 but it’s got a permanent place on my shelf. and am on the prowl for a hardbound copy 🙂

    i think i’ll take you up on your recommendation. will look up “the boy in the striped pyjamas!”

    happy weekend!

    nylusmilk: strange is the word indeed, but in a good way. 🙂 since you love it so much, it was worth however much you paid for it! oh yeah, please do read that book, you’ll like it! i hope. 😀


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