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The Book Thief

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  • The Book Thief (Bodley Head Children's Books) – Hardcover (2006)
    by Markus Zusak

    The Book Thief

    Hardcover, Bodley Head Children's Books
    2006
    592 pages

    ISBN: 037032921X
    ISBN-13: 9780370329215

    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 ... Show more

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Reviews of The Book Thief

Overall customer rating: 4.572
Tarissa

Not as wonderful as it may seem

by Tarissa on Oct 5, 2014

How does a person review a book that is so beautiful, and yet contains such horrible language that I would now shudder to even mention the book to anyone? 1 star it is. The premise of 'The Book Thief' lures you in. It's a story told from the persona of Death during WWII. Piece by piece, the story of Liesel Meminger comes together, as revealed by Death. "It's just a small story, really, about, among other things: - A girl - Some words - An accordionist - Some fanatical Germans - A Jewish fist fighter - And quite a lot of thievery" Yes, it's a book to quote from. The author's writing style is definitely unique. Everyone will find that particular sentence which tingles inside of them. Actually, it's a story hidden within poetic prose. The poignancy and heartfelt emotion hold time still while you read. Sometimes the writer takes a moment away from the storyline to create an announcement to the reader --- just a bonus sentence in the page's middle, set off from the other paragraphs, to describe the scene in a more direct way. It's a fascinating writing style, but, Mr. Zusak, did you have to include such filthy words? Eye-opening in several areas, the book marches you through WWII right alongside Liesel and her foster family, after she loses her own. I must say that most books concerning WWII are always from the point of view of the Jews, the persecuted, or the other sympathetic allies. However, this story reveals itself from the perspective of the everyday German families who were hurt by their own countrymen. What heartbreak they experienced around them, forced on by their Nazi neighbors. As reflected in the title of the book, there is something to be gained by the power of words. Liesel finds that power within herself, and she aims to do something with that growing ability. I wish I could read it all over again, minus about a tenth of the book to remove the worst of the rotten language.

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Kenwilson

Strong characters, story line

by Kenwilson on Aug 21, 2014

Each character is well defined and consistent, solid story line with historical events unfolding throughout. Enjoyable, moves fast.

rboeling

Book for Lit Class

by rboeling on Jul 31, 2014

Great condition - this book is being used for a high school lit class.

Jim S

OUTSTANDING!!!

by Jim S on Jul 24, 2014

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has become my FAVORITE book. Having studied WWII Germany and the Holocaust for many years, I was able to relate to the story intimately. For me, it was one of those books I just couldn't put down.

Patsy  O

Not for me

by Patsy O on Jun 27, 2014

Book club read for June and July. Tried to get into the book. Even viewed the movie thinking maybe that would help. NOPE.... guess it's for others, but not me.

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JeffwithaJ

Know of other books like this?

This was one of my favorite books that I read last year. Do you guys know of other books like this? They don't have to be about war or the Holocaust (though of course that's OK), but books that are similarly creative and captivating. Please let me know. Thanks!

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