The Book Thief
YA. War. It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is "The Gravedigger's Handbook", left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her foster father, learns to read. Soon, she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. "The Book Thief" is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul. 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.
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Not so much a review as an impression. First, The Book Theif is a bit daunting - Zusak twists language around like a feather boa on a Vegas showgirl. And similes like this would be just as tame. His metaphors are relentless - I spent the first 100 pages gaining my "see" legs and kept blinking the ocean spray of words away in order to follow the story. (My first status update: "Markus Zusak regularly seduces figurative language to attempt outrageous feats of daring while making it believe it's task is mundane.") Okay, enough, lol. I'll likely never train language to be as flexible as this guy, and to be honest, his style almost put me off. But this novel is so different and more demanding - and with a voice so much more seductive - than typical novels that I had to follow his narrator's siren until the end. The writing, characters, storyline, and subject matter are well worth the time for the engaged reader. I've seen this billed as a YA novel, but it's beyond categorization. I doubt many teens who buy it finish it - it would take an AP student to appreciate this WW2/German-Jew/Death-told-tale. Yet for the reader who perseveres, it is both compelling and dread-full. A recommended read, but I'd say wait until you have time to jump into it.
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Interesting and original in style, with some very lovable characters. Still, there was something that felt just a tiny bit off for me, that stopped me from flat-out loving the book. Upsettingly sad at times, but not in an unearned way.
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The Book Thief is a 2005 best-selling novel by Markus Zusak, and a finalist for the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award.It has also been on the New York Times ...
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Markus Zusak : The Book Thief Excerpt
The Book Thief. Hardcover 978-0-375-83100-3 March 2006 $16.95. Part 1: DEATH AND CHOCOLATE. First the colors. ... I saw the book thief three times. ...
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich
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The other evening, my daughter picked up the copy of The Book Thief by Markus ... Well, The Book Thief is about a little girl in Nazi Germany called Liesel. ...
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