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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Australian author Markus Zusak has written five novels including “The Book Thief”, an international favourite that’s been translated into over thirty languages and recently adapted for screen. Being on numerous bestseller lists for several years, this book has played a determining factor in confirming Markus Zusak’s success.

His other books include: “The Underdog”, “Fighting Ruben Wolfe”, “When Dogs Cry” (or Getting the Girl) and “The Messenger” (or I am the Messenger) which have also won numerous prizes and awards.

Set in 1939, Liesel “The Book Thief”, is brought to live with foster parents in Nazi Germany.  Showing how beautiful moments can be found in an ugly time, she steals books and shares them with neighbours during

bomb raids and the Jewish man they are hiding.  Liesel and books bring something to nurture the soul during the extreme difficulties the war places on people.

Were you left with vivid images of the horrors of war, of friendship, of loss? Could you feel what pleasure Liesel’s was able to get from the small things?  How would you rate this book?

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  • Alex January 29, 2014, 5:08 pm

    Liesel steals a book from the mayor’s wife yet they become friends. To me, this symbolizes that compassion and understanding can be found in the most unexpected of places and the most unexpected of times. It’s these type of events in the story that give it the occasional unexpected twist and make it even more enjoyable.

  • David January 28, 2014, 6:50 pm

    The theme of abandonment figures predominantly especially at the beginning of the novel. Liesel feels all alone especially after her brother’s death and her mother leaving her in the care of strangers. What’s touching is how Liesel, little by little, learns to trust and love again after her ordeals at such a young age. This side of the story envelops you and makes you cheer her on. Very well developed and written with feeling.

  • Chrissy January 28, 2014, 5:39 pm

    One of the things I really liked about this book is that it introduces you to characters that range from one end of Nazi zeal to the other. It shows that not everyone was of the same hard-core mentality but they had to cope with those who were. From the young and innocent to the old and hardened, you gain an insight into the thoughts that guided their actions.

  • Jane January 26, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Given the subject matter and the time it was set in, instead of it being a depressing story, “The Book Thief” somehow manages to see the better side of life. Even though it’s narrated by “Death”, Liesel’s outlook adds an innocent and hopeful perspective. A good story that’s well worth reading.

  • Allison January 20, 2014, 8:42 pm

    This is a brilliant example of how the power of words can get you by practically anything. Initially using something as gruesome as a grave digger’s handbook just to have something to read, to make you forget and remember at the same time, words are the lifeline. Excellently narrated – not one to miss.

  • Andy January 20, 2014, 5:37 pm

    This is a story that gets to the heart of resilience – especially in one so young. Having lost everything she knows, Liesel is a wonderful example of a child that can find good while living in horrible times.

  • Linda Abrahams January 20, 2014, 12:40 pm

    A wonderful book. I’ve now read it twice and it still brings tears to my eyes. A beautifully observed view of an extremely dangerous time, cleverly narrated by Death. I think I’ll read it again, now!