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The Book Thief

48 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Markus Zusak

Starred Review.Grade 9 Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, … see full wiki

Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
19 reviews about The Book Thief
review by . October 13, 2010
   I go to my favorite bookstore to get one book in the adult section and always look in the young adult, juvenile, and teen sections (some bookstores separate these, others do not; mine really doesn’t). I see a title that would make any book lover’s heart skip a beat The Book Thief. I grabbed it and added it to my stack. While waiting to check out I read the first couple of pages.       It has taken me quite a long time to read the book. First, the language …
review by . March 21, 2010
"The Book Thief" is an extraordinary book, indeed, the finest I've read in many years! Do you remember all of those aggravating literary clichés you read so often on book covers and publicity blurbs? Haunting, compelling, uplifting, powerful, deeply moving and gut-wrenching? Well, it's hardly overstating the case to suggest that "The Book Thief" has earned every last one of them. The narrator (we call him "Death" - a unique and most appropriate choice under the …
review by . January 03, 2011
I put off reading this book for so long, but then so many of the end of 2010 recaps had this among their favorites of the year so I figured I would give it a try. And I loved it. I think a lot of what caused me to put off reading this was people talking about the “unusual” writing style, which I usually take to mean “flowery prose that must be deciphered” So, I decided to listen to this on audio. Allan Corduner does an amazing job of narrating as Death, as well as bringing …
Quick Tip by . August 07, 2010
One of my all-time favorites! Death as a narrator is eye opening, thought provoking, and compelling. Highly, highly recommended!
Quick Tip by . July 28, 2010
This is a beautifully written book, with a fascinating narrator (Death), wonderful characters and a compelling story. It's really fantastic.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
I absolutely loved this book. It was written so originally. Who would've thought to write a book from the perspective of "Death"? Marcus Zusak did a great job! :)
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
Truly a wonderful book! Listed as a young adult novel, don't let it fool you. This is a book for all ages!
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Entertaining children's book about the Holocaust, narrated by Death himself. I probably would have liked it more as a kid, though.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Wonderfully uniquely written story.
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
This book was written very well, yes. It came highly recommended. In fact, it ran through our entire family as each person read it and mailed it to the next on the list. A very good book, sometimes painful, sometimes tender. It's a good read, for sure. It's actually a children's book that broke out into the mainstream market and took off.
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
I'm reading this one for a second time, this time audio version and love it even more now. Great book about such awful period in history.
review by . July 22, 2009
It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .      Death is the narrator of our tale - and as narrator's go, I actually thought he was quite interesting. He's not as depressing or as loathsome as you might think Death would be. He doesn't wear a cloak or carry a scythe - although he does like that image of himself. And I found it quite beautiful …
review by . November 28, 2008
This is an unusual book. The sentence structure, the frequent bold print announcements, and the copious German language profanity were quite unexpected. The early chapters were a bit slow, and the perspective was so strange that it took me a while to get used to it. This novel did not hold my attention unfailingly, but in the end I was glad that I read the whole thing. It is a wonderful and worthwhile story.    I became fond of Liesel, papa and Rudy. They are fully believable, …
review by . January 20, 2008
I have read a few books about Nazi Germany. Each time, I approach them cautiously and with great reluctance--as I would a surgical procedure... with the notion firmly planted that 'this is going to hurt a lot.' But we understand that some things are necessary. And it is certainly vital that we never, ever, ever forget the impact on humanity Hitler had... and the number of lives shattered... of all nationalities, cultures and religions. In this novel, Death keeps a running count for us, reminding …
review by . January 05, 2008
This magnificent book about one German girl's experiences during WWII deserves a place on every book shelf. Though marketed as a teen book, it far transcends that limited label. The message, the sensitivity of the subject matter, and the stunning prose mark this as a powerful novel of the Holocaust. This book is by turns gritty and ugly and redemptive, but is it always real and always gripping.     That the narrator is Death lends even greater poignancy to the sad tale that slowly …
review by . September 08, 2007
Pros: Language, characterization, emotional breadth, tight control, 2 mises en scene     Cons: Nothing     The Bottom Line: One of the best books I've read in five years. A must for all book lovers. It will jerk a few tears, maybe more.     I go to my favorite bookstore to get one book in the adult section and always look in the young adult, juvenile, and teen sections (some bookstores separate these, others do not; mine really doesn’t). …
review by . September 14, 2006
How rare the times that we read something entirely new and unique! It has been said that there are no new stories to tell, and I will not argue that. There really are only a few novel plots, although it is in our endless variations that we set ourselves apart as writers and word-artists, perhaps also as readers, in the manner and voice in which we tell the story. This is true for Markus Zusak in his creative storytelling of "The Book Thief."    The story is one of the oldest …
review by . June 12, 2006
Liesel Meminger is a Book Thief, living with a foster family in Germany during World War Two. Torn from everything she's known, her foster father shows her the power of words as the two of them share late night reading sessions of The Grave Digger's Handbook. Her love of books ties her to others, including the mayor's wife and Max, the Jew the family hides in the basement.     My own words escape me as I try to recount the beauty of this book in a short review. Rarely have I …
review by . February 16, 2006
This is a story told by Death. An interesting point of view perhaps, but as it is set in Germany during World War II, perhaps it is entirely appropriate. It is also a story of a young girl, who in spite of having a life that no one would wish on anyone, still manages to have glimpses of pleasure through many small things, including the few books that she manages to acquire (or shall we say, steal).    It is interesting to see that it appears to be targetted to young adult readers …
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