The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
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PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Release Date2007-09-11 (added to CC 3 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank17
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

From the Hardcover edition.

Member Reviews
(30 May 2018)
A beautiful, heart-wrenching book I never expected to love.
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Superb writing. One of the best books I've read. But not for the soft hearted. Zusak's phrasing and imagination is marvellous.
(5 Apr 2016)
A good written book
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(3 Jan 2011)
I loved it. The characterisations were fabulous, and the idea unique. The only complaint was that the colour theme introduced at the beginning about the way death viewed the world was lost for the most part, throughout the remainder of the book. This had me wondering about why it was added in the first place. Otherwise, I loved Leisel. I loved Rudy. I loved Max. I loved the foster parents.
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(10 May 2010)
Every once in a while, you read a book where you cannot find a single fault that took away from the experience of reading it, and in fact see only the beauty inherent in it. Perhaps I am biased, but this was one of those books. It was gorgeously written and it still brings me to tears to think about it. Markus Zusak has created a modern-day masterpiece, an upcoming classic, and a piece a literature that has forever touched my heart. (Yes, the sap is over now.)
(5 Jun 2009)
A beautiful book.
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