Jan 042012

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Source: RAK from Maricar at Blackplume
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s Facebook

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.

 I know that this is an immensely popular book and that I will upset some people, but I have to say that I found it to be just okay. I liked the unique perspective of having Death be a first person narrator. That seemed to be the main hook to the story.

The adventures that Rudy and Liesel had were entertaining and my favourite part of the plotline. The rest of the story? Meh. It was slow and rambling often without any clear direction.

Challenges Read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge – book 2

2012 Ebook Challenge – book 1

  7 Responses to “The Book Thief”

  1. I think it's awesome when people keep it real about popular books. I had some not so nice things to say about Mockingjay and everyone flipped out!

  2. ooh bummr it was not 2 you're liking

  3. I'm always amazed when I read a popular book and don't like it much. I guess it goes to show that there's a book out there for everyone and just because someone else loves/hates it doesn't mean you will. I loved The Book Thief, though.

  4. This is one of those books that I listed for “Books I Feel Like Everyone Has Read But Me”. I so appreciate your honest review.

  5. I haven't actually read this book but my kids really liked it. I think “to each their own”!

  6. I do agree that the narrative, at times, was rambling. Overall though I liked the book.

  7. I can see how the narrative could be rambling, but I really enjoyed the book. It's a shame you didn't enjoy it as much. I agree with Aimmee – to each you're own.

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