Book Club: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

June 9, 2011

Book club this month was joyful, once again. Such a great bunch of girls!

This months book was The Book Thief by Australian author Marcus Zusak.

Oh what a beautiful book to read, but set in such tragic times.

The book is set in Munich during the second world war. It covered the life of a young girl, her foster family and those around them struggling to live in 1939.

Leisel (the book stealer) begins her stealing while still unable to read… picking up the unlikely “Gravediggers manual” from her brothers graveside. An obsession with books….. even before she can read…. begins.

I’m not going to tell you any more about the story, as part of the unexpected beauty of this book is the slow revealing of characters and lives.

It is so gently written. Zusak chooses his words so carefully and insightfully that we found ourselves quoting parts of the book back as we met together…just to hear them again.

“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.” 


“Liesel’s blood had dried inside of her. It crumbled. She almost broke into pieces on the steps.” 


“She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain. ” 

…others too that I cannot find…..

A fabulous read! The only small downside to the book is it takes a while to get into. It is narrated by the character of death… who comes in and out of the story….. but he is a hard character to have from the first words. I would recommend a couple of hours set aside to start this book…. or you may find yourself giving up on it all together. …and that would be a shame.

Go here for a great interview with Marc Zusak.

Next month…..Mary Poppins by P.L Travers.



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