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Description:ISBN 0375831002 / Author: Markus Zusak / Genre: Fiction / Grade 9 Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of ... more
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak ... 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, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.
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by - written on 04/03/14 (Very useful, 66 readings)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Why read this? The cover drew me in immediately and when I read the back cover I was very intrigued. It's been a while since I've picked up a book whilst in a store as none have appealed so this one was pretty special in that respect alone. As it's set in war time Germany that also compelled me to purchase the book. Short synopsis: Liesel is only nine years old and is about to have her little world turned upside down - broken up, torn up and spat out. She and her brother are to go to Himmel Street where they will be fostered by a new family. Her mother leaves her children with deep sadness and fear, ... Read the complete review
by - written on 20/07/13 (Very useful, 53 readings)
If you're one of those people who skim reads reviews and maybe miss out on some stuff in the middle, I'll start with one important piece of information and one piece of advice: The Book Thief is, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read. Go and buy a copy. Now. If you're still with me, let me explain further. The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany during the late 1930s/early 1940s. A young girl Liesel is taken by her mother and abandoned with a new foster mother and father. Despite the emotional wrench, Liesel slowly settles in and experiences all the joys of childhood, as well as witnessing many events that no young child should ever have to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 21/10/08, updated on 03/12/08 (Very useful, 221 readings)
Time to review another of my favourite all time books - this one is a powerful book, a summary of which would either put you off or make you curious enough to read it - death narrates a story of a German girl in Nazi Germany who harbours a Jew in her basement... About the Author & The Plot =================== Markus Zusak is an Australian author who as a child heard many stories of his mother's life in a small German town during the war. Zusak says he particularly remembers his mother telling him of the Jews marching through their town and how there was an elderly gentleman at the end of the march who was so badly beaten and worn out that he ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/04/09, updated on 17/04/09 (Very useful, 573 readings)
This novel was recommended to me by a work colleague. Having studied history at University, particularly World War II from a German, Russian, British, American and Australian perspective, I often decide I have had my fill of WWII stories. I am prone to steer clear of what can be a touching but heart-wrenching subject, though when done badly the war can be reduced to a mind-numbing experience of numbers and dates that causes you to disassociate yourself from the events that affected people on a real human level. The often dry approach that many writers take inhibits a connection with a topic that at its core should be about how war affects people and how people live their Read the complete review
by - written on 24/05/13 (Very useful, 26 readings)
This book is certainly not for the faint hearted, it's gripping, exciting and harrowing and a real page turner. It covers a very emotional and very real subject, WW2 and more importantly the persecution of Jews and Nazi Germany during this time. It's fantastically and cleverly written and I only have praise for this book and the author Markus Zusak. I was first drawn to the book after studying Nazi Germany for A Level and having it recommended to me by my course tutor. I finally decided to pick it up and read it a few months ago and it took me around about two weeks to complete. The book is 554 pages long which may seem a lot but there really needs to be that ... Read the complete review
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