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: 126mm x 192mm x 38mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552773891
  • ISBN 13: 9780552773898
  • Sales rank: 12

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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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Markus Zusak, a prize-winning author, lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter. The Doubleday hardback of The Book Thief , published at the beginning of January 07, stayed in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestsellers for nine weeks. It was published to critical acclaim in Australia and in America where it reached No. 1 on the The New York Times bestsellers list. Film rights have been optioned by the makers of The Devil Wears Prada. Find out more by visiting the website - thebookthief.com

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By le 07 May 2014 5

I brought this book for my Mom as mother's day gift. I really hope she likes it.
I brought it from Bookworld website, using code BW-IB2BYY for 10% off, and a free sign up for another 10% off. It's a good value for money, and it is a great book as gift!

By Charlotte Orth 17 Apr 2014 5

This is the first five star book that I have read in ages. I loved it that death was the narrator. The surprise was that the movie was just as good as the book and that rarely happens.

By ms n woodspring 17 Apr 2014 1

This is a poorly written, highly offensive book. The language and sentence structure, for the most part is just plain silly. The author's flourishes, attempts at some grand written word are awful; actually they are painful to read. The story is a poor attempt to pull at some collective sense of guilt over the Holocaust...shameful, objectifying stereotypes. If you don't believe me, read some of the reviews written by 'good' literary critics.

By Samantha Lou 07 Mar 2014 5

The Book Thief is heart wrenchingly real. This book made me laugh, cry, cringe in horror and live alongside Liesel, rudy and Max for a while.

Liesel is sent to a set of foster parents in Molching, Munich along with her brother but something happens that leaves emotional scars that comes back in the form of nightmares. Her foster parents are as different as day and night but she grows to love them through the many reading sessions, the doing of chores and the hiding of Max.

This book is for you if your imagination brings you places where there is something magical about the ordinary.

By C. van kempen 26 Feb 2014 5

If you decide to read only one book this year (can't imagine why only one book) make sure this is the book you pick.

I read this a few years back and it still makes me feel sad and happy at the same time.

Sad of becasue what happens in the book and happy because Markus Zusak was good enough to share this with me (and you!).

Again, go and read this book now!

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"Extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry." -- Lisa Hilton 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." -- Marianne Brace 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." -- Lianne Kolirin The Daily Express "Brilliant and hugely ambitious ... the kind of book that could be life-changing" New York Times Book Review