The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


This book is one that I had seen all over the book-tube world and on goodreads. I knew I had it on my TBR shelf so I picked it up this week only to be sucked in and thrown out the other end in pieces. What a book! I really enjoyed this story and the narrator was so gripping. The story is told from the perspective of the narrator who is death. Despite this, the story is told in such a way it’s as if you are hearing from all the characters. The narrator reminded me so much of the omniscient presence of the Stage Manager in Our Town, the play by Thornton Wilder. You seem to know a little bit of everything going on around you and you are brutally submerged in the reality of World War Two. I really enjoyed how focused the book was on the real effects of a conflict, the death and the destruction that can be so overlooked by the patriarchal fight for what is supposedly right. Not only this, the characters in the book were charming and heart-warming. The book was so beautifully written and every detail was perfectly sewn together. I became addicted to the story in the last 200 pages that I couldn’t put it down until I found out what happened.

It is definitely worth reading and especially before the movie comes out soon. I am really interested to see if the movie captures the emotional attachment the book provides, the beautiful descriptions of each character and how they portray the narrator. There is so much to this book that it is difficult to put into words, other than I loved it and I am sooo happy I read it.

Over on goodreads I am rating this book a 5 out of 5 stars because it had everything you could want in a book. It is definitely one I could see myself reading again just in case I missed the smallest detail.
This book is also the first big book I have read of this year and contributes to the 2014 Chunkster Challenge. Below you will find the link where I posted about the different challenges I am doing this year

Challenge Yourself

If any of you have read The Book Thief, why not leave a comment and tell me what you thought of it or even if you’re excited about the movie coming out.


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