The Book Thief (Summary - Book Review - in Order)

The Book Thief (Summary - Book Review - in Order)
Author Markus Zusak
Illustrator Trudy White
Cover artist Colin Anderson/ X Pictures/Getty Images
Country Germany
Language English, German
Genre Novel-Historical Fiction
Published 2005 Picador
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 584
ISBN 033036426X
OCLC 183612599
LC Class PZ7.Z837 Boo 2007

The Book Thief is a 2005 historical novel by Australian author Markus Zusak and is his most popular work.

Published in 2005, The Book Thief became an international sales success and was translated into several languages. It was adapted into a 2013 movie of the same name.

It's the year 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been more busy and will still be more busy.

Next, to her brother's grave, Liesel's life changes when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It's The Gravedigger's manual, which was left there by accident, and it's your first act of book theft. Thus begins a love story with books and words, while Liesel, with the help of her adopted accordion father, learns to read. Soon, she is stealing books from the burning of Nazi books, the library of the mayor's wife, wherever there are books.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's adoptive family hides a Jew in his basement, Liesel's world opens and closes.

In a magnificently designed writing that burns with intensity, the award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Brilliant and enormously ambitious ... Some will argue that such a difficult and sad book may not be appropriate for teenage readers ... Probably adults like it (this one did), but it is a great novel for young adults. It is the kind of book that can change a life because, without ever denying the essential amorality and the randomness of the natural order, The Book Thief offers us a credible and hard-won hope ... The hope we see in Liesel is unquestionable, The kind you can keep in the midst of poverty and war and violence Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity and such explorations of how stories are important, and so, now that I think about it, do it with adults.". -New York Times, May 14, 2006

About the Author


Markus Zusak is the author of I Am the Messenger, finalist for the Bookz Honor Book and Los Angeles Times Book Award, and international sales success, The Book Thief, which has been translated into more than thirty languages ​​and has sold nine million copies around the world. He received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teenagers and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

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