Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"The astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers." (Booklist)
"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers....An extraordinary narrative." (School Library Journal)
"The Book Thief will appeal both to sophisticated teens and adults with its engaging characters and heartbreaking story." (Bookmarks Magazine)
stunning, striking, moving and honest. a gorgeous story written with bold artistic strokes. love the reader. love this book.
I think that listening to a book like this is a richer experience than reading it. I probably won't go to the movie. It is a book like "The Book Thief" that makes you long for radio instead of movies. The personalities of each of the characters, even the minor ones, give a sense of what it was like to live through the reign of the "Furor". The sacrifices of the normal people(in the Nazi party or not) was similar to those experienced by the whole world at the time except for the few of privileged. It was very realistic including the harboring of a Jewish
"boarder" who had been related to a Jew who saved Lisel's adopted "papa's" life.
Maybe a little Anne Frankish?
His voices and even the enunciation of the German city names and the less than complimentary terms of endearment bandied about made the story real.
When a Jewish merchant's door was defaced, Hans Hubler was there to paint it the next morning.
I am not sure how this book was suggested, but it doesn't seem like something I normally would have picked I glad I listened. It gave me more perspective on the era.
The Book Thief was a wonderful dance into the life of a little girl with such great determination, A willingness to love, accept and embrace life in a war torn Germany under Nazi rule. Under overwhelming hardships this story delivers and puts the reader directly alongside the little girl. brilliant! T
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is not a light book by any means, but it is one of those rare books where you fall in love with the characters. The narration by Allan Corduner is superb, I could not imagine better.
I love this book it was beautifully told and written...
stories like this make it all worth while to read and listen to....and to know that there is still beauty in the world.
Death narrates this wonderful story about a young girl in Hitler's Germany. That is a sentence I never would have thought of writing. But that is part of the many surprises in this story. If you've read Terry Pratchett's Discworld, you have a vision of Death. Though this book is covering more serious matters, the author brings in wit and wisdom, and shows us all how to care, how to love.
Early baby-boomers and their parents know deeply what happened pre and during World War II. Most books covering this era, with anger and depression and rightly so. This book looks at all of that plus teaches a girl to read and write. Okay, now that sounds like elementary school. And though this could be read to a younger audience the subject matter is quite mature. In fact, it is a great way to introduce to younger people how Hitler grew his army and how people learned to blame others for their problems (sounds a lot like what is happening now in many ways).
Right from the start I found I cared for Death and the other characters. But most of all I loved the quirky writing style. I have read in other reviews that the style was distracting, but I found it was necessary. We need to take the subject lighter so that we can live with the girl in her own innocence. The turn of a phrase in this author's writing kept me highlighting all over the place. Markus Zusak is amazing!
This Kindle version was given to me for a birthday gift from my friend, Yve. Thank you so much! I picked up the audio version from the library, hence breaking up my current reading list. I loved the narrator of the audio, Allan Corduner. He acted the parts and kept me interested. Though this was the library Overdrive version, I think I will use this month's credit to get the Audible copy. That's how much I loved the combination. I plan to read this again. As for the movie? I am not sure I want to watch it yet. I am too in love with my own imaginary movie.
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