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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: 128mm x 196mm x 44mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552773891
  • ISBN 13: 9780552773898
  • Sales rank: 11

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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

Customer reviews

By JE Yuk Lin Cheryl 12 Dec 2012 5

Once you have started reading this book, you would not easily stop.

By Rosita Tupu 01 Dec 2012 5

I love this book so very much. It is so moving and the author has just embarked you on an unforgettable journey with Liesel. You will come to absolutely adore this book so much that you will not forget any names, any events which occur and most of all, any German foul language you will encounter.

I will recommend it to anyone and everyone. It is, as the title proclaims, one of my most favourite books of all time!

By Alicia 28 Nov 2012 5

This is book is so cleverly written and I found it a moving book that touched me. The character death was amazingly written into the book and I believe this is a must have book in any avid readers shelves

By Lee Yiyu 29 Sep 2012 5

A must read!

By Sonya Matheson 20 Jul 2012 5

I finally got around to reading this book which so many people have talked to me about. A most interesting book; written from the perspective of 'Death' who is quite an amiable and likeable character. Even though 'Death' pre-empts his (I perceive it as a male) own story of 'The Book Thief', it does not ruin the emotion of the story or the events that lead to each outcome. The young girl's tragic circumstances are seen through her positivity and living in the 'now'. The book is interspersed with hand drawn images and text that make the writing of the Jewish man in hiding seem more real. 'Death' viewing of things as colours makes this a very sensual novel. It totally agree with the review by 'Kirkus Reviews' printed on the back cover. "Elegant, philosophical and moving. A work to read slowly and savour. Beautiful and important." This is written so beautifully and descriptive that some of the paragraphs are worth reading twice or thrice.

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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