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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.
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May 3, 2016
I want my life to be narrated by Death (Markus Zusak)
Aug 10, 2015
Overrated, but a decent read
Jul 21, 2015
He Held The Words Like Clouds And Wrung Them Out Like Rain
Gayatri Devi Sivarajan
Mar 13, 2015
Mind Blowing Literature
Soumen Kumar Roy
Feb 25, 2015
In love with Liesel Meminger
Feb 26, 2012
A Celebration Of WordsThere 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 readersâ 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 Zusakâs talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have created. … (Expand)
Jul 21, 2012
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.
Sep 2, 2014
Great Book! Bad Quality!The Book is awesome - content as in.
Jun 4, 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.
Dec 28, 2012
Genre defyingIt 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.
Jan 4, 2012
BRILLIANT BOOK.throughly enjoyed my read...
Oct 23, 2013
The Book Thief best book i ever read still last 3yrsThere 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 readersâ 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 Zusakâs talent to play with words as fluently as the story they have created. In… (Expand)
May 6, 2012
"......................"From a long time since this book “The Book Thief” coming all across my ways and I saw in all major reviews which stated; this book is all about a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul but I didn’t find a single thing which justifies this.
May 3, 2016
I want my life to be narrated by Death (Markus Zusak)I purchased this book from a roadside stand when I got my salary last month. I usually buy a couple books every few months so that I never run out of things to read. This one is going to linger on the edge of my memories for a long time.
Aug 10, 2015
Overrated, but a decent readI think this should be clearly marked as Young Adult fiction, for older readers there's not much to brag about. Sure lot of carefully selected words to convey the tone and era have been used, character building is kind of average. Over all more of a 'novelty' rather than a good novel.