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Author: Markus Zusak
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The Book Thief is the story of a young girl in Nazi Germany. Living with her foster family, she develops a love of books and slowly realizes the power of words, for both good and bad.

Summary Of The Book

Liesel Meminger and her young brother are being taken away from their parents who are communists. On the way to their foster home, the little boy dies. After the funeral, Liesel notices a book, The Grave Digger's Handbook, which she picks up and hides.

She then arrives at the home of their foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Hans notices that Liesel is having trouble sleeping at night. She is having nightmares about her dead brother and her mother. Hans plays the accordion for her and tells her stories. She begins to feel safe with him.

Rosa works as a washerwoman, taking in clothes from wealthy families and cleaning them. Liesel has the job of picking up and delivering the clothes. She soon develops a close friendship with a boy in the neighborhood, Rudy Steiner. Hans teaches her to read from the book she picked up by her brother's grave, The Grave Digger's Handbook.

Ilsa Hermann, the mayor’s wife, notices the girl’s love of books and invites Liesel to her house and allows her to choose books from her vast collection. Meanwhile, the Nazi presence becomes more and more evident as Jews are paraded in the streets on their way to isolated camps.

Hans decides to help the son of a Jewish friend who saved his life in the First World War. Max Vandenburg is hidden in the basement and Liesel develops a close bond with him. They both love books and stories and they both share a love and respect for Hans Hubermann. Meanwhile, as an economizing measure, many people including Ilsa stop using Rosa's services. Angered by this, Liesel stops visiting Ilsa, but enters the house furtively with Rudy and steals books.

As a punishment for Hans' actions in helping Jews, he is sent to serve in the army, as is Rudy's father. Fearing for Max's safety, Hans sends him away. Before leaving, Max entrusts Rosa with a gift for Liesel, a book called The Word Shaker, about a young girl who uses the power of words for good.

Liesel receives the book from Rosa, and she begins to realize how powerful words are, as Hitler and his men have been using them for their own purpose. The entire story is narrated by Death, who confesses himself as being haunted and puzzled by humans and their capacities for both good and evil.

About Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is an Australian author of German descent.

He is also the author of The Underdog, The Messenger, When Dogs Cry, and Fighting Ruben Wolfe.

Markus Zusak was born in 1975. His book, The Messenger, won the CBC Book of the Year Award. He is best known for The Book Thief which has been translated into more than 30 languages. The book has been adapted into a movie.

Specifications of Book Thief, The (English) (Paperback)

Contributors
Author Markus Zusak
Book Details
Publisher RANDOM HOUSE
Imprint Definitions (Young Adult)
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9781862302914
ISBN-10 186230291X
Language English
Edition 1st
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 592 Pages
Additional Features
Age Group 13 -18 Years
Dimensions
Width 37.0 inch
Height 198.0 inch
Weight 420 g
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A Celebration Of Words

There are books(most of them) which after having read, find their places back to the shelf, to be lost in the midst of the growing dust, chucked into oblivion, perhaps for ages. And then there are the books that find a place in the readers?????? heart owing to their inimitable quality. Books which urge the reader to heave them out of the shelf now and then, to remove any gathered dust. The Book Thief as you can guess has found its place, in the latter category. This book is truly a celebration of words, and I value Zusak??????s talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have... ()

There are books(most of them) which after having read, find their places back to the shelf, to be lost in the midst of the growing dust, chucked into oblivion, perhaps for ages. And then there are the books that find a place in the readers?????? heart owing to their inimitable quality. Books which urge the reader to heave them out of the shelf now and then, to remove any gathered dust. The Book Thief as you can guess has found its place, in the latter category. This book is truly a celebration of words, and I value Zusak??????s talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have...
There are books(most of them) which after having read, find their places back to the shelf, to be lost in the midst of the growing dust, chucked into oblivion, perhaps for ages. And then there are the books that find a place in the readers?????? heart owing to their inimitable quality. Books which urge the reader to heave them out of the shelf now and then, to remove any gathered dust. The Book Thief as you can guess has found its place, in the latter category. This book is truly a celebration of words, and I value Zusak??????s talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have created. Instead of writing a review, I thought it??????d be better to show you a preview. So here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

??????Mr. Steiner was steering the bike with one hand and Rudy with the other. He was having trouble steering the conversation.??????

??????The words were not spoken, but they were definitely there, somewhere between Rudy??????s blue eyes and Deutscher??????s advisory hands??????

??????Rudy??????s voice reached over and handed Liesel the truth. For a while, it sat on her shoulder, but a few thoughts later, it made its way to her ear.??????

??????Three languages interwove. The Russian, the bullets, the German.??????

??????He was the second snowman to be melting away before her eyes, only this one was different. It was a paradox. The colder he became, the more he melted.??????

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23 Oct 2013
The Book Thief best book i ever read still last 3yrs

There are books(most of them) which after having read, find their places back to the shelf, to be lost in the midst of the growing dust, chucked into oblivion, perhaps for ages. And then there are the books that find a place in the readers?????? heart owing to their inimitable quality. Books which urge the reader to heave them out of the shelf now and then, to remove any gathered dust. The Book Thief as you can guess has found its place, in the latter category. This book is truly a celebration of words, and I value Zusak??????s talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have cr... ()

There are books(most of them) which after having read, find their places back to the shelf, to be lost in the midst of the growing dust, chucked into oblivion, perhaps for ages. And then there are the books that find a place in the readers?????? heart owing to their inimitable quality. Books which urge the reader to heave them out of the shelf now and then, to remove any gathered dust. The Book Thief as you can guess has found its place, in the latter category. This book is truly a celebration of words, and I value Zusak??????s talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have cr...
There are books(most of them) which after having read, find their places back to the shelf, to be lost in the midst of the growing dust, chucked into oblivion, perhaps for ages. And then there are the books that find a place in the readers?????? heart owing to their inimitable quality. Books which urge the reader to heave them out of the shelf now and then, to remove any gathered dust. The Book Thief as you can guess has found its place, in the latter category. This book is truly a celebration of words, and I value Zusak??????s talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have created. Instead of writing a review, I thought it??????d be better to show you a preview. So here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

????Mr. Steiner was steering the bike with one hand and Rudy with the other. He was having trouble steering the conversation.

??????The words were not spoken, but they were definitely there, somewhere between Rudy??????s blue eyes and Deutscher??????s advisory hands

????Rudy??????s voice reached over and handed Liesel the truth. For a while, it sat on her shoulder, but a few thoughts later, it made its way to her ear.

????Three languages interwove. The Russian, the bullets, the German.
He was the second snowman to be melting away before her eyes, only this one was different. It was a paradox. The colder he became, the more he melted.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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28 Dec 2012
Genre defying

It is really hard to place this book among the established genres. There is a little of everything a good book, in the traditional sense, needs. But the book simply transcends beyond these elements and stands on its own.

The first element that captured my attention was the narration made by 'Death'. Marvel! He chooses to tell a story set during the holocaust period. One doesn't have to relate themselves to their historical scholarship to devour this gem. The story, holocaust or not, stands on its own merits. Holocaust is perhaps the busiest time 'Death' has ever been in. As he puts his in...
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It is really hard to place this book among the established genres. There is a little of everything a good book, in the traditional sense, needs. But the book simply transcends beyond these elements and stands on its own.

The first element that captured my attention was the narration made by 'Death'. Marvel! He chooses to tell a story set during the holocaust period. One doesn't have to relate themselves to their historical scholarship to devour this gem. The story, holocaust or not, stands on its own merits. Holocaust is perhaps the busiest time 'Death' has ever been in. As he puts his in...
It is really hard to place this book among the established genres. There is a little of everything a good book, in the traditional sense, needs. But the book simply transcends beyond these elements and stands on its own.

The first element that captured my attention was the narration made by 'Death'. Marvel! He chooses to tell a story set during the holocaust period. One doesn't have to relate themselves to their historical scholarship to devour this gem. The story, holocaust or not, stands on its own merits. Holocaust is perhaps the busiest time 'Death' has ever been in. As he puts his in his own words that he would make 6 million discoveries. Death shows us the world in a different light. For him, death is a duty which keeps him every busy, and he has his own revealing opinions about the world we know.

The story is about a little girl Liesel Meminger and her upbringing by her foster parents during the Nazi riddled times. Liesel falls in love with books; but not in the usual way. The first book she accidentally lays her hands on is 'The Grave Digger's Handbook' - nothing interesting to an ordinary reader; but for Liesel it's as good as her first love, for the limited means of her parents cannot earn her anything more. Liesel eventually gets hands on more books, some by cunning means, some by fair means. She also has some very audacious, if not idiosyncratic, neighbours. And then comes the jew to hide in the basement of her home.

I'll not dwell more on the story or the characters. The tale is engaging and rich with imagination. The language is simple yet stylish, a blend that only a handful of gifted authors develop. Markus Zusak, just like the narrator Death, seem to have his own revealing view of the world. At one instance he says ???Liesel crossed the bridge over the Amper River. The water was glorious and emerald and rich. She could see the stones at the bottom and hear the familiar song of water. The world did not deserve such a river.??? This is a book that deserves a second read; and a third. I've read it twice so far. I'll read it again.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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21 Jul 2012
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Here is a small fact : When Markus Zusak tells a story, you really have to listen.

I decide on my favorite book of the year at the end of it. This year's decision has already been made.
I know I will be haunted by this story for a long long time.

So wonderfully written, so painfully poignant that one can't stand to read anymore and can't stand not to read further

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04 Jun 2012
One awesome book !!

I will consider this book as one of the greatest books of our time. The author has made DEATH as narrator of the story. By the end of the book we start to pity and like "DEATH" at the same time.
An example from the book on how DEATH feels about human.

???I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race - that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant...I AM HAUNTED BY HUMANS.???

A beautiful book amazingly presents man...
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I will consider this book as one of the greatest books of our time. The author has made DEATH as narrator of the story. By the end of the book we start to pity and like "DEATH" at the same time.
An example from the book on how DEATH feels about human.

???I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race - that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant...I AM HAUNTED BY HUMANS.???

A beautiful book amazingly presents man...
I will consider this book as one of the greatest books of our time. The author has made DEATH as narrator of the story. By the end of the book we start to pity and like "DEATH" at the same time.
An example from the book on how DEATH feels about human.

???I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race - that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant...I AM HAUNTED BY HUMANS.???

A beautiful book amazingly presents many emotions of life and many relations. And stressing on the importance and power of words.
In one of the pages the author says "Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it.". I would say "the book thief" is one such book.

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