Book Review: The Book Thief

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WORDS | Raelee Lancaster

The Book Thief is the fifth novel to come from Australian author, Markus Zusak. The narrator is Death, which gives a foreboding atmosphere the second you start reading the novel.

Death has had a fascination with the protagonist, Liesel Meminger, since her brother died on a train journey to Munich in 1939. It is this event that initiates the Book Thief’s journey, when she steals her first book: The Gravedigger’s Handbook. Liesel’s love affair with books is the essence of the The Book Thief and is highlighted when she steals books from the Mayor’s personal library to read to those who gather in the Fiedlers’ basement during air raids as a distraction.

Although foreboding in the beginning, The Book Thief is a novel that will capture your heart, reaffirm your love of literature, and remind you of the most important lesson of all: don’t judge a book by its cover.