The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefIf I was told I could read only one other book for the rest of my life, I would choose The Book Thief – and I would hardly be upset. The language is masterful: poignantly beautiful, elegantly simple, and searingly powerful. The premise for the book is unique and tragic and achingly human. Ironic, considering the novel is narrated by Death. The Book Thief chronicles the life of a young girl growing up in Nazi, Germany, from the perspective of Death. This book is one of those everyone of every age, should be sure to read in their lifetime. More than once, if possible. While reading, you will find yourself slowing and even stopping, wanting to savor the perfection of the words, or digest the magnitude of emotion and implication captured in a single, misleadingly simple sentence.

Reviewed by Maddy

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Though this book is technically listed as ‘young adult’, it is the most beautiful piece of literature I have had the fortune of experiencing. Narrated by an incredibly human Death, The Book Thief traces the life of a young adopted girl growing up in Nazi Germany. The writing can only be described as masterful, with imagery so perfect that at times it is necessary to pause simply to savor their unexpected beauty.

Reviewed by Maddy