The Book Thief: Book by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

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ISBN: 9781862302914    Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 592        Language: English
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...Read more
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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About the author: Markus Zusak
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... Read more
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.' Zusak is considered one of today's most innovative and poetic novelists, and is the award-winning recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter.
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Review:
... 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...Read more
... 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 "Zusak's playfulness with language leavens the horror and makes the theme more resonant - words can save your life ... It's a measure of how sucessfully Zusak has humanized these characters that even though we know they are doomed, it's no less devastating when Death finally reaches them" Publishers Weekly "... 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" -- Lianne Kolirin Daily Express "... a moving work which will make many eyes brim" -- Marianne Brace Independent on Sunday "... it is certainly extraordinary, resonant and relevant, beautiful and angry" -- Lisa Hilton Seven - The Independent
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