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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

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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'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 accordion-playing 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 Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. 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.

About the Author

Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including The Messenger and the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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The Book Thief
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (13)
  • Engaging characters (12)
  • Easy to read (11)
  • Page-turner (11)
  • Well written (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift (13)
    • Older readers (10)
    • Younger readers (7)
    • Travel reading (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Absolutely loved it!

    I received delivery and had it read in a day.

    It took me a few pages to work out the narrator, but that's part of the intrigue. I liked...Read complete review

    I received delivery and had it read in a day.

    It took me a few pages to work out the narrator, but that's part of the intrigue. I liked that it was a book about a German girl during Hitler's war instead of the usual Jewish perspective. (Not to detract from the Jewish perspective!). And it wasn't so horribly graphic that I couldn't enjoy the story. Overall, it was a really really good book.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Couldn't quite get into it

    I totally loved the movie but found the book hard to read. Have loaned it to a friend. Maybe I'll try reading it another time.

    I totally loved the movie but found the book hard to read. Have loaned it to a friend. Maybe I'll try reading it another time.

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    5.0

    Stunning

    By Matt

    from Brisbane, AU

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Unique
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Book Thief:

      The Book Thief is an absolutely stunning book, filled with great characterisation and description. A must read.

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      5.0

      GREAT READ

      By foxgirl

      from Northern NSW

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Older Readers
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about The Book Thief:

        This book was very captivating. I got just to have something over easter and found that I couldnt put it down. You could easily put yourself in the book and feel and see everything that was happening. I cant wait for the movie to come out on dvd now. You did well Markus.

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        5.0

        I missed the movie but the book was best

        By I don't have a nickname

        from Rural Sydney

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        Pros

        • A Best Seller For Sure
        • Couldn't put it down
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • I Cried A Lot
        • Informative
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • There Were None

        Best Uses

        • Better Than The Movie
        • Gift
        • Older Readers

        Comments about The Book Thief:

        The online service couldn't be better the book arrives almost as soon as you have finished ordering.

        The service is first class. I have no complaints atall about the service.

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        5.0

        What a page-turner!

        By Emjay

        from Newcastle, AU

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Page-Turner
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about The Book Thief:

          This is my new favourite novel. What a fantastic read!

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          5.0

          Gripping story

          By Floss

          from Gatton Qld

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Page-Turner

          Cons

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              Great story

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              5.0

              Absolutely loved it!

              By Willowgurl

              from Noosa QLD

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about The Book Thief:

                I received delivery and had it read in a day.

                It took me a few pages to work out the narrator, but that's part of the intrigue. I liked that it was a book about a German girl during Hitler's war instead of the usual Jewish perspective. (Not to detract from the Jewish perspective!). And it wasn't so horribly graphic that I couldn't enjoy the story. Overall, it was a really really good book.

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                2.0

                Couldn't quite get into it

                By Diddily

                from Eden, NSW

                About Me Bookworm

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not What I Expected

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about The Book Thief:

                    I totally loved the movie but found the book hard to read. Have loaned it to a friend. Maybe I'll try reading it another time.

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                    5.0

                    In a class of its own

                    By Tez

                    from Perth

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Absorbing
                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Engaging characters
                    • Page-Turner
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Great for all ages

                      Comments about The Book Thief:

                      The movie was great, but still doesn't do justice to the book. So moving. And despite the sadness that is threaded throughout, ultimately uplifting. If you only read one book a year, read this!

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                      5.0

                      A wonderful, engaging, must-read book

                      By Pete

                      from Brisbane

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                      Pros

                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Read
                      • Engaging characters
                      • Informative
                      • Page-Turner
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Older Readers
                        • Travel Reading
                        • Younger Readers

                        Comments about The Book Thief:

                        A wonderful, superbly written piece of literature. Should rate as a reading classic.

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                        5.0

                        Searingly Brilliant! Heartrending!

                        By Melly the marathon reader

                        from Kyogle NSW

                        About Me Bookworm

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Deserves Multiple Readings
                        • Easy To Read
                        • Engaging characters
                        • Informative
                        • Movie
                        • Page-Turner
                        • Read Before The Movie
                        • Read Before Watching The
                        • Well Written

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • All The Movie Watchers
                          • Gift
                          • Older Readers
                          • Reference
                          • Younger Readers

                          Comments about The Book Thief:

                          Delivered quickly so I read it before watching the movie - so much more in it than a movie can include.

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                          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 small, German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

                          At the age of 37, Zusak has already asserted himself as one of today’s most innovative and poetic novelists. With the publication of The Book Thief, he is now being dubbed a ‘literary phenomenon’ by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning author of four previous books for young adults: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger, recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney.

                          Visit Markus Zusak's Booktopia Author Page


                          ISBN: 9781742613314
                          ISBN-10: 1742613314
                          Audience: General
                          Format: Paperback
                          Language: English
                          Published: 1st November 2013
                          Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                          Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.8
                          Weight (kg): 0.42