Saturday, February 16, 2008

Book Review: "The Book Thief"

Markus Zusack's The Book Thief is the powerful story of a young girl's troubled life in WWII-era Germany. Through the voice of a singularly unconventional narrator - Death - and with the use of a grim, glowering sense of ironic humor, Zusack's book offers a new lens through which to view the horrors of Nazism, war, and intolerance (and, tangentially, the power of reading).

It took me a long time to read this book; I enjoyed it the whole way through, but it didn't really grab me until about the last hundred pages. Then I was hooked, and couldn't put it down. The language is rhythmic and and the story utterly devastating - my hands were shaking as I turned the last few pages. Zusack has crafted a disturbingly beautiful masterwork.

Marketed for young adults but worth reading by anyone.

1 comment:

Maw Books said...

Hi, new to your blog. I enjoyed your review of The Book Thief. I just read it last month and thought it was amazing. I had borrowed it from my library, but had to buy it (actually picked it up used for 25 cents!). I would enjoy reading this book again.