The Book Thief

The Book Thief : Film tie-in

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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 TIMESshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 35mm | 390g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • 0552779733
  • 9780552779739
  • 613

Review quote

"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 *show more

About Markus Zusak

MARKUS ZUSAK's bestselling novel The Book Thief was originally published in the UK in 2007. It has since become a modern classic, published around the world and turned into a film. Markus Zusak lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two more

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"Brilliant and hugely ambitious ... the kind of book that could be life-changing"show more

Rating details

1,224,043 ratings
4.35 out of 5 stars
5 56% (684,658)
4 29% (359,397)
3 11% (129,196)
2 3% (33,890)
1 1% (16,902)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Lady Alexandra J Baldwin
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 more
by M. Daniela Medina
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 more
by Jackie Gibson
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