Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Book Thief

I've just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. And I mean "just finished", which means that I'm still steeped in the smoke of burning Himmel Street in a small German town as the second world war turned against Germany, still caught in the mesh of words echoing the words of the book thief herself, regretful and bereft because it's finished.

This book is beautifully written. It's quirky and unusual and the narrator is Death - a narrator you soon learn to trust utterly. It tells of the wartime experience of a young girl, living with foster parents, learning to read after she steals her first book. In the end her books and her writing save others, save herself and have a profound effect on Death himself.

It's the best book I've read in ages.


  1. I'm hooked! I trust your recommendations without reserve. I am going to download it from Audible on the 15th - have to wait till then, unfortunately! All the reviews were great - see

    Hope you are doing well! Retirement agrees with me - I'm into learning all about photography at the moment - great fun!

  2. I'd be interested to know how it comes across in audio - there are some typographical features that would be an interesting challenge to replicate. Enjoy!

  3. Anonymous9:07 AM

    成功是一把梯子,雙手插在口袋裡是爬不上去的。 ..................................................