The Book Thief

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Bodley Head, 2006 - Books and reading - 584 pages
318 Reviews

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Now a major film from Twentieth-Century Fox starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

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Very vivid imagery & a very interesting writing style. - Goodreads
He likes to say insightful thing and spoil endings. - Goodreads
The illustrations added wonderfully to the narrative. - Goodreads
The writing is spectacular. - Borders
The writing is poetic and moving. - Goodreads
Again, great writing style (in my opinion). - Goodreads

Amazing writing!

User Review  - jenn67 - Overstock.com

I am a writer which makes me a critic but the description in this novel is wonderful. The story line is good, occasionally frustrating but all in all one of the best books on tape I have. Read full review

A splendid book.

User Review  - snl5 - Target

I have recently read the book "The Book Thief" for a project at school. Most books I have to read at school are dull or uninteresting, however I genuinely enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this book ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Australian author Markus Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and about Jews being marched through his mother's small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

"We have these images of the straight-marching lines of boys and the 'Heil Hitlers' and this idea that everyone in Germany was in it together. But there still were rebellious children and people who didn't follow the rules and people who hid Jews and other people in their houses.

At the age of 30, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today's most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication ofThe Book Thief, he is now being dubbed a 'literary phenomenon' by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney with his wife and new baby.

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