The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

  • Release Date: 2006-03-14
  • Genre: Historical
The Book Thief book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 5,803 Ratings)

The Book Thief Markus Zusak Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME

The extraordinary, beloved novel about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times.


When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
 
“The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times
 
“Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.

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User reviews about this book

  • Beautiful book

    5
    By Horrible Haley
    I have never read a book that was written with such beautiful vocabulary, and unique ways of describing things, but the vocab isn’t so vast or complicated that you can’t understand or it becomes boring. It’s perfectly descriptive. It’s based in WWII and I’m a sucker for historic fiction that’s accurate like this. It’s narrated by Death, and I haven’t seen that in a book before and it give it a melancholic mood when he speaks outside the storyline. If you want your heart ripped out I highly recommend
  • Great book

    4
    By Westportbayside
    Interesting story, intrigue, supence, Enjoyable and highly rated.
  • Beautiful

    4
    By Rika1974
    This is one of those jewels about WW2. Beautifully written an very worthwhile. Although I would truly liked to see a little more action. But don’t let that keep you from reading it.
  • Wow

    5
    By sohaibnould
    Amazing
  • It steels your heart and fortifies your soul

    5
    By BizCoachk8823
    I felt more like I was imbibing in this book, it’s characters, real and the best of humanity in the worst of times.
  • Great

    5
    By bestdudenight
    This book was recommended to me by my father I thought it was going to be a “dad recommendation” but it was surely a very awesome book
  • Beautiful and moving

    5
    By some guy on ibooks
    This is a great book and, while it was disturbing at times, was wonderfully writes. My number 1 book this year.
  • One of my favs

    5
    By K3NDRA32
    This book was a favorite growing up.
  • Diverting

    4
    By 12345qwertfdsa
    Borrows an Ingmar Bergman ploy and uses the Grim Reaper as a character. After saying I refuse to read any more about WWII, guess what? This is set in Germany in WWII, but worth making an exception.
  • A must read!!!!

    4
    By Schonn
    Words cannot simply convey how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was recommended to me by a local sports station radio host Craig Miller. His passion for the book and the sports tie in compelled me to purchase and read this wonderful piece of art. There were times I found myself cheering the Washington boys on as if I were right there with them and at other times I found myself weeping because of the hardships. This is a wonderful piece of art and if you are looking for a story of perseverance, brotherhood, teamwork and love of family then look no more. Well done Daniel!

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