Reviews: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

Here are the latest participant reviews of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, another popular selection for the WWII reading challenge.  Just click the links to read the complete reviews.

JaneFan from The Bookworm’s Hideout says:

Books play such a role in this novel. At first they are coveted (sometime forbidden) objects. They create a connection between Liesel and her new father, Liesel and the mayor’s wife. They are by turns the enemy, a receptacle, a blank slate, a memento, an escape. They are impermanent. They are immortal.

At a deeper level, this novel is about the power of words both to save and destroy. Some would say WWII was started with words, fed with words. But words can also rebel. Words can heal. There is beauty, even within brutality. This novel is, if nothing else a great reminder of the power of words and the importance (and fragility) of our freedom to read anything anytime anywhere.

Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty says:

The writing is beautiful, almost poetic. There is a certain rhythm to Death’s narration. The book may be long but I savored every word.

**Attention participants:  Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**


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