The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Book rating: 04 Paperback Black Swan

By (author) Markus Zusak

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 35mm | 390g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552779733
  • ISBN 13: 9780552779739
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Film tie-in edition
  • Sales rank: 966

Product description

Here is a small fact - You are going to die 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some Important Information - This novel is narrated by Death. It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know - death will visit the book thief three times.

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Author information

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including I Am the Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

Customer reviews

By Alexandra J Baldwin 15 May 2014 5

At first I was ambiguous about this book. I found the first few chapters cliched but as I progressed further I became fascinated by the lyrical narrative style . It was strange. the way I was drawn by the narrative, which in some ways was disturbing, but totally absorbed by the story.
As I finished this book I was left in an emotional abyss. Was this one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read or was this a masterpiece of innovative writing. I found this book to be provokingly moving emotionally and intellectually.

By M. Daniela Medina 02 Apr 2014 5

I made the mistake of seeing the movie before reading the book. Still I decided to read the book and I'm glad I did, it's incredible. Now from the fact that death itself draws most of the book is brilliant and very well spent. One becomes attached to the characters and beyond the sadness of the story as it was difficult to live in that era, it is a book that should be read once.

By Jackie Gibson 25 Mar 2014 2

I had seen the preview for the movie and had high hopes for this book. However, the format didn't work for me and I found it a difficult book to finish- and when I did, the ending was a disappointment. I certainly would not recommend it, but it wasn't totally terrible. Aspects of it were great- the character of Liesel is a likeable one- but being narrated by Death and given a number of forward-warnings made it a lot less likable.

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"Extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry." Sunday Telegraph "...a beautifully balanced piece of storytelling...Unsettling, thought-provoking, life affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner." Guardian "A moving work which will make many eyes brim." Independent on Sunday "This is a weighty novel worthy of universal acclaim. A sense of dread prevades this beautifully written novel. As The Book Thief draws to a close, Death says: "There's a multitude of stories that i allow to distract me as I work." The story of the Book Thief, who tried to change the world in her own small way, proves one formidable and inspiring distraction." The Daily Express "Brilliant and hugely ambitious ... the kind of book that could be life-changing" New York Times Book Review