It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Allan Corduner is the voice of Death, the narrator, of this World War II-era story. The richness and depth of his voice along with his european accent make him the perfect choice to bring this amazing story to life.
Death is very busy in Nazi Germany but he does have a little time to tell the story of Liesel Meminger, our book thief. The story line is realistic, the characters are complex, interesting and likable. Even Mama, who calls everyone a pig, grows on you throughout the book. Zusak doesnt shy away from telling the hard truth of what went on during WWII: discrimination and eventual extermination of the Jews, political propaganda, children being taken away from their parents and placed in foster families due to political beliefs, how boys are expected to join Hitlers army when they reach a certain age, starvation, thievery, suicide, standing up for what you believe is right, and the human belief in hope. All of these themes combine to create a wonderful, compelling story. I found myself cheering for Rudy, admiring Hans Hubermann, crying for everyone on Himmel street, and hoping for a better future for Max and Liesel. This was by far, the best book I have read all year. I highly recommend it.
While the writing style is unusual (narrated), the story draws you in and is an incredible, heart-wrenching tale which will stay with you for a long, long time. Loved it!
I have been a reader a long time so books have always held a special place for me.It was heart warming to know that same kind of feeling was possible with the character. I was suprised at the books content as it kept me wondering where the story was going,but you won't be disapointed as it't an adventure you will think about often.
This book was so sad, but was a great book. I would recommend it to anyone.
This book is an excellent depiction of Germans' (specifically Bavarians) daily life and the impact of the Nazi regime on their lives, during the time of Hitler's "reign." The people shown are 'regular' people, some wealthier than others. It is incredibly touching.
An amazing journey! Uniquely written. It takes some getting used to in the beginning because death is the narrator of this tale. It is laid out in 10 parts and an epilogue with hints of what is to come at the beginning of each part. It is very absorbing with endearing characters and the further I read, the harder to put down. It is haunting and thought-provoking, bittersweet and well worth the journey!
A devastating book about the disastrous early 1940s years in Nazi Germany. You get to know the unique characters who live in a small town outside of Munich, some of whom sympathize with the Nazis and others who do not, who are just trying to get through the war harming the fewest number of people possible.
And throughout the book, the narrator, Death, provides wry commentary on the progress of the war and on his job of taking away souls. I don't believe I've ever read a book with this type of narrator.
The end of the book is heartbreaking even though two of the main characters escape the fate of most others.
Although the book was marketed as a young adult novel, it offers rich food for thought and plenty to appreciate for grownups. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The Book Thief is an intriguing work by Mark Zusak. Liesel, a young German girl and her family experience the
days of World War II. Stories are told about Liesel, her family members and other Jewish people living in war-torn Germany. Zusak's stories are beautifully written, the reader is spell-bound as the pages progress. An uniquely-written book. A great read!
After I got past the first couple of chapters - loved it! Riveting.
Zusak said he wanted to write about the people who were caught up in WWII. The story of girl in this book shows how resilient we can be, and her life in Nazi Germany is a story you won't soon forget.