Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book Review: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
By: Markus Zusak
ISBN-10: 0375831002
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In 1939, Liesel is sent to live in safety with Hans and Rosa Hubermann, who are secretly Jewish sympathizers. Hans begins to teach Liesel to read, and as Liesel falls in love with books, she realizes that words have the power to help her make it through each day in the ruthless time of war.

It includes:

• Profanity (religious names are abused, and godd*mn, sh*t, and h*ll are used frequently)
• Violence (death and beatings)
• Reference to a boy’s genitals
• A kiss
• Smoking and drinking

The Book Thief has a very heavy WWII theme and lots of language (both in English and German). Although the chapters are short, the book tends to drag a bit, but Markus Zusak’s beautiful writing, memorable characters, and emotional scenes make up for the boring parts.

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