The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Rating: 5 (74 votes)

Tags: Set in Germany Male author

The Book Thief

#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.


Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Janina
(9 months ago)
10 Sep, 2023
Original language: English Was the book good? It's touching, emotional. Is it good for this challenge? No, not really. It takes place in Germany, written by a son of German/Austrian emigrants. I found it interesting, because I think it needed this perspective from an outsider, who still has close ties to Germany, to be as compassionate as it is - books by German authors usually are much harsher. But it is not about Australia.

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