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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak


Published: 1st November 2013
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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.

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Worth the purchase price


I enjoyed this book. I would say it has plenty of beautiful descriptives but also every ten pages or so a real stinker the just doesn't work. It left me with the impression that the author was just trying to hard, which is a shame as I enjoyed the story. The story, narrated by death, was interesting and required some suspension of belief regarding deaths taking of souls, which is a large part of the theme. Still even though death narrated I was unable to suspend belief enough when on the odd occasion the narrator refer to a god entity. Even though we are talking about death, the inclusion of a god delusion was unnecessary and that coupled with the odd 'off' sentence made it 4 not 5 stars.



Couldn't put it doown


Couldn't put it down, intrigued with the narrative and the innocence of the whole book despite the darker backdrop. Perfect read for me.

Auckland, NZ


I loved it.


I was loaned this book by a friend to read while unwell. I loved it so much I had to buy it as I knew that I would need to read it more than once. A remarkable novel with well written and engaging characters. Terrific.

Blue Mountains


Pleasantly surprised


I started this book thinking I wouldn't like it, that it was just going to drag out, however I was pleasantly surprised. I decided this was a book that I should think about while reading it, however I struggled to put it down, especially towards the end. I have told a lot of people close to me that I enjoyed it and that it is definitely worth a read.



The Book Thief

4.5 4


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: 9781743515860
ISBN-10: 1743515863
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 12.9  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.42