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 194mm x 36mm | 400g
  • 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 Ariadna 12 Feb 2014 5

It has been my first order to the website. It arrived today, safe and sound! I'm so happy to have this edition of my all time favourite book. It's beautifully written, touching... unforgettable. It's a book I'll always recommend

By Zoe 14 Dec 2013 5

The most incredible novel I have ever read, the narrative is exceptionally moving and captivated me every step of the way. I adore every aspect of the story, Zusak is a literary genius and I would recommend this to anyone and everyone, regardless of age, gender or preference. It's a gem.

By Marina Ljubisavljevic Tupanceska 29 Oct 2013 5

I fell in love with the book the moment I read the first sentence. An interesting narrator...

By Jacqueline Lai Hui Jun 27 Jul 2013 5

It's one of the best book i have ever read. the author is definitely one of the best and such beautiful writings, it makes me feel like watching a movie while im reading. it is a beautiful story, very moving and after i have finished reading, i took awhile to settle myself and to conclude the plot. this book is one of e best pleasures in life.

By Jade 06 Jul 2013 5

I love this book so much! Every now and then you read a book that makes you stop and sit in silence when you read the final sentence, and this is one of them. I could re-read it over and over.

I highly recommend it to anyone.

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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