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The Book Thief | Hardback

Released on 11 October 2007

Author: Markus Zusak | Format: Hardback

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"It's just a small story, really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery ..." Narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, witnessing the story of the citizens of Molching. When nine-year-old Liesal arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents - "Kommunists" - for ever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career. In the care of the Hubermans, Liesel befriends blond-haired Rudy Steiner, her neighbour obsessed with Jesse Owens, and the mayor's wife, who hides from despair in her library. Together Liesel and Rudy steal books - from Nazi book burning piles, from the mayor's library, from the rich people for whom her fostermother does the ironing. In time, they take in a Jewish boxer, Max, who reads with Liesel in the basement. By 1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin to wail. Liesel shares out her books in the air-raid shelters.But one day in the life of Himmel street, the wail of the sirens comes too late ... A life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and the coincidences on which all our lives hinge, this is also a joyous look at how books can nourish the soul. Its uplifting ending will make all readers weep.

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 Should be a classic

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This is a book everyone should read. We read so much about what it was like to live in the UK during the second world war - this tells the other side of the story. It is easy to believe when reading the story how the German people were 'conned' by Hitler, but this book shows the other side too, poor people who did what they could to stay alive, and how terrifying it must have all been.
Having 'Death' narrate the story adds a twist to the tale, and although from the beginning the outcome of the story is hinted at, it carries you along and you won't want to put it down.
I highly recomend this book, if you only buy one book this year - this should be it.

 The book thief will steal your heart

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Set in Germany before and during WW2.
The children who make up the main charachters in this tale, told by 'Death' soon get and hold your affection until the last page.

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AuthorMarkus Zusak
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year2007
ISBN9780385611466
FormatHardback - 592 Pages