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Description - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up an 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. But these are dangerous times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330423304
ISBN-10: 0330423304
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 584
Imprint: Picador Australia
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Reviewed by (05 Jun 2011)

I read this book on a plane flight home and couldn't put it down despite the range of entertainment options available! It is cinematic in style, and draws you in from the beginning. A warning, though, to have some tissues at the ready (I certainly got some odd looks from people sitting near me!).

Usually, I'm more of an epic-fantasy fan, but found myself relishing this well-written, engrossing, and heart-wrenching tale. Other reviewers give more justice to the plot than I can here, all I can do is join in with the praise.

Highly recommended.

Book Review: Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Reviewed by (24 May 2011)

Marcus Zusak's choice of narrator is both confronting and a stroke of genius. I will not tell you who it is, because I do not want to ruin the surprise. The author's style of writing and the way he structures this book is so unique I could not put it down.

The story is centred around a young girl, Leisel Meminger, during the time of Hitler's Germany. She is sent to live with a foster family and the story tells of the challenges she faces in being adrift in this new world and how the power and security of the written word bring her back to life.

The content is at times horrific and heartbreaking and as I was reading it, from the safety of my home in Australia in the 21st century, I was moved to tears on many occasions as I tried to imagine living her life. The narrative includes tales of her friends, her school enemies and her new family. Living in a time of such poverty, uncertainty and sorrow, it was so important to take pleasure in the little things to bring some happiness and pleasure. Leisel's antics of book thievery and the struggle of learning to read whilst trying to understand the world around her provide such a contrast in subject matter. However; how Zusak weaves his story is so flawless and beautiful, I found it utterly brilliant.

I give this book five stars and is a must read for anyone, regardless of age, sex or religion. This book tells of how this world once was and how it must never be again.

Book Review: Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Reviewed by (28 Jan 2010)

absolutely spectacular! to begin with, i thought the rhythm of the narrative was quite strange, but then i figured that if death's the one telling the story, his/its point of view wouldn't be the same as a human being's, so i let it go. i also had immediate problems with rosa hubermann's verbal abuse of liesel, but since she's that way with everyone, at least she's consistent (i wondered sometimes if her shouting was so loud and so abrasive because the character knew that otherwise she'd be completely overshadowed by hans, with his accordian and kindness!) while the backdrop of nazi germany is rarely comfortable, markus zusak tells the story with an admirable lightness of touch and obvious affection for his characters. it's quite sad at times; at others, full of joy and love, but mostly i think it's unforgettable. so glad i finally got around to reading "the book thief"!


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