The Book Thief

The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, follows the story of a young girl named Liesel growing up just outside of Munich during the Holocaust. We see the war, struggle and strength of those around her, which at times is very powerful.

I chose not to read the prologue as it focused so much on death and the one part of the book that I really didn’t like is that it is, in fact, narrated by death.

The story took a while for me to get into but after the first few chapters I was itching to read on and find out what Liesel did next, the growing friendship she had with Max – the Jewish man in her basement – and the analysis of the horrific Nazi regime from a young German girl’s point of view. I finished this book within a week and would highly recommend it.



  1. One of my favorite things about The Book Thief, actually, was that it’s narrated by Death. It made it so much more interesting, and the way Zusak humanizes Death makes him such a sympathetic character. 🙂

    1. Ah, yes & it was really very clever in how he used the narrative of death throughout. I have different feelings about it as I watched someone I love die & some of the text felt so real. Loved the book in general though!

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