May 25, 2012

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


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. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Book Title: The Book Thief 
Author: Markus Zusak
My Rating: 5/5 stars

BOOK REVIEW


OH my! i am really nervous of making a book review for this one... wah! this book was written so beautifully, I'm afraid that I will mess it up by making a crappy review. wah! here goes nothing...

This book is hanging on my bookshelf for over than a year now. And, I decided to read, it. I know when I grabbed this book, I am up for something extraordinary, just seeing the reviews of my friends in goodreads I can say that this is not just an ordinary book... I knew from the start the it will blow me away. But that expectation didn't live up for me at first... The first page talks about death, and I have no idea at first who is narrating the story, at first I thought it would be the book thief herself and then I realized it was the Grim Reaper... and the book is about the lives of the people during the Nazi period, I myself was really clueless in this period but this book provided me enough knowledge on what the Nazi period is like, and throught reading this book sadness is very evident all throughout while I was reading it.

even though this book was reall hugely acclaimed by everyone, there were times that the book got me bored and I was thinking of skip reading it. cause at some parts I don't understand the whole point of the book , but as I read on, I appreciated the whole beauty of the book, The book made me appreciate everything around me and the whole story is like a breathe of fresh air, OH my!! this book was written so beautifuly that I have to devote all of my time reading it and knowing what will happen next, Liesel is such an interesting character, Her, being the book thief is really somethin unusual , at the Nazi period i would have stole for food, but her on the other hand she steals books... I admit that for me the whole book has a pretty simple story line, for me, a girl that reads a LOT of Young Adult Fantasy this one, pretty much, came simple for me... BUT why did I give it 5 stars you say???

Cause due to it's simplicity there is certain jolt into my system, that compelled me to read and read and read the entire book... and I daresay that i don't want the book to end. I just want to read more of Liesel, her life and her struggling ... and that to me is a book that i worth giving a 5 star rating...


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