The Book Thief

The Book ThiefTitle : The Book Thief
Author : Markus Zusak
Rating : 5 Stars!

Hardcover, 552 pages
Published March 14th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
ISBN: 0375831002 (ISBN13: 9780375831003)
The extraordinary #1 New York Times  bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Source : Goodreads
For some reason, dying men always ask questions they know the answer to. Perhaps it's so they can die being right.
This book is such a course of wildride emotions for me. Everything about the book twists my heart in all ways. And I felt all the pain of guilt, revenge and redemption.

I'm just oblivious on what would be the most appreciative words or sentence I can type for this wonderfully written yet insanely aching book like The Book Thief. I wanted to cry so hard everytime the narrator speaks to me like he's just behind me telling to open my eyes and see for myself the very detailed events of Liesel Meminger. Though I still wonder how Markus Zusak managed to write a book that can articulately make the readers feels the pain of loss with a simultaneous happiness inside. Unlike any other books that I read, this is the only book that made me literally sick. Believe me I never felt so much attached to fictional characters other than this. The narrator has his way of saying that somehow he do really has a heart to spare. 

I was welcomed with Liesel Meminger's innocence from the beginning. Her hunger for words and to express it aches inside of me. It feels like she always wanted to say all with his Papa but everytime the memory of his brother resides in her head, all of it seems to stop her on speaking. I felt pity for her.
The memories of her mother and brother keeps on residing with her mind and the words are easily felt. The anguish and confusing events of being alive yet full of pain, it takes every courage to endure it within a young age. That's the reason I admire Liesel from the start.

Another thing that I essentially loved in The Book Thief was the description of death. The ultimately inevitable consequence of being alive. I realize how death is not pretentious to be real. The Book Thief is an epitome of continuous living part to be alive and at the same time, to die in the most unexpected ways and places. It shows every betrayal and bravery of every characters. The way their mind works interconnects with the readers mind.

Last, The Book Thief is full of pain. I'm proud to say I endured it until the end.



  1. I'm a new follower from Book Blogs . . . really like your blog :-) . . .I've just got a review copy of The Book Thief from NetGalley as its been on my TBR pile for ages but I love your review, thank you, I may go and start it NOW!!!!
    Kirsty @ All in One Place

    1. Hi! I'm so glad you liked it! You'll definitely love it! :D

  2. Goodness! This book evoked too many emotions in me! I cried and laughed several times. It was just so heart-wrenching. It's a book I dearly love. I'm glad you loved it. :)

    I can't wait to watch the movie :D

  3. YEAH!! He's such a great author!! A total genius! :D