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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
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (15)
  • Deserves multiple readings (14)
  • Well written (13)
  • Easy to read (12)
  • Page-turner (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (16)
  • Older readers (11)
  • Younger readers (8)
  • Travel reading (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (9), Everyday reader (6), Casual reader (3)

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

 

Needs reediting

Death is terrible (the narrator) needs work
good story line
thought the movie was great but i can't say the same for the book

Death is terrible (the narrator) needs work
good story line
thought the movie was great but i can't say the same for the book

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5.0

My 12 year old son loved this book.

By 

from Findon, SA

About Me Casual Reader

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Book Thief:

    Would recommend for 12 years and up, great reading.

     
    1.0

    Needs reediting

    By 

    from land of the potatos

    About Me Casual Reader

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging characters
    • Historicle

    Cons

    • A Bit Slow
    • Death Narrator Needs Wo
    • Difficult To Follow
    • Disappointing

    Best Uses

    • Gift

    Comments about The Book Thief:

    Death is terrible (the narrator) needs work
    good story line
    thought the movie was great but i can't say the same for the book

     
    5.0

    could not put down

    By 

    from adelaide

    About Me Bookworm

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about The Book Thief:

      the book was a great insight into the second world war as child living through communism and how hiding someone that was jewish took its toll on all

       
      5.0

      Stunning

      By 

      from Brisbane, AU

      About Me Bookworm

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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.

         
        5.0

        GREAT READ

        By 

        from Northern NSW

        About Me Everyday Reader

        Verified Buyer

        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.

           
          5.0

          I missed the movie but the book was best

          By 

          from Rural Sydney

          About Me Everyday Reader

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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.

           
          5.0

          What a page-turner!

          By 

          from Newcastle, AU

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Verified Buyer

          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!

             
            5.0

            Gripping story

            By 

            from Gatton Qld

            About Me Everyday Reader

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about The Book Thief:

                Great story

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely loved it!

                By 

                from Noosa QLD

                About Me Bookworm

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                   
                  2.0

                  Couldn't quite get into it

                  By 

                  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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                      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 40, 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
                      Number Of Pages: 600
                      Published: 1st November 2013
                      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.8
                      Weight (kg): 0.42
                      Edition Type: Media tie-in