The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

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....


Details The Book Thief

TitleThe Book Thief
ISBN9780375831003
Author
Release DateMar 14th, 2006
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages552 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Historical, World War II, Holocaust, War, Classics, Cultural, Germany, Audiobook
Rating

Reviews The Book Thief

  • Sophia.
    2012-08-09
    THE BOOK THIEF: A Summary. Liesel: Hi, I'm Liesel. I have no personality, but I'm a cute little girl. Death: Her name is not Liesel. Her name is THE BOOK THIEF and I shall name her that for the rest of the book.Liesel: Even though I stole, like, 3 books in total or something. Death: Shut up, Book Thief.Rudy: Hello everyone. Have you ever seen a lemon? That's what my hair looks like. Death: Here is a little information you should know: this books ...
  • La Petite Américaine
    2008-07-24
    UPDATE: AUG 26, 2016: This review has been here 8 years, has 18 pages of 854 comments and 764 likes. There's no outrage for you to add in the comments section that hasn't already been addressed.If you want to talk about the book, or why you liked it, or anything else, feel free. UPDATE: FEB 17, 2014: I wrote this review 4 years ago on a foreign keyboad, so I'm well aware that I spelled Chekhov's name wrong. I'm not going to fix it, so please don'...
  • Colleen
    2007-08-18
    I put off reading this book for the library book club. Here are my three reasons for doing so:1) It's a Young Adult Book. I am an Adult. It can't be that good if it's written for young people.2) It's about the Holocaust, and I think we've all heard enough about that. The author will probably even focus on colors among the grays, as in "Schindler's List."3) I have WAY too many other books to read.After avoiding the book for as long as possible, I ...
  • Tamara
    2007-07-07
    I give this 5 stars, BUT there is a disclaimer: If you want a fast read, this book is not for you. If you only like happy endings this book is not for you. If you don't like experimental fiction, this book is not for you. If you love to read and if you love to care about the characters you read about and if you love to eat words like they're ice cream and if you love to have your heart broken and mended on the same page, this book is for you. Thi...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2016-02-21
    Video review can be found here: https://youtu.be/rzEHcw769xgIt's going to take awhile for this book to fully sink in, but overall this was a masterpiece.
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2007-12-25
    This is a book to treasure, a new classic. I absolutely loved it.Set in Germany in the years 1939-1943, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, narrated by Death who has in his possession the book she wrote about these years. So, in a way, they are both book thieves. Liesel steals randomly at first, and later more methodically, but she's never greedy. Death pockets Liesel's notebook after she leaves it, forgotten in her grief, amongst the destr...
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2011-08-11
    “When death captures me,” the boy vowed, “he will feel my fist on his face.”Personally, I quite like that. Such stupid gallantry.Yes.I like that a lot.A few days ago, when I was starting The Book Thief, my mother stopped by and saw the book on my coffee table. Having just read it herself (and knowing me better than anyone else in the world, I might add), she was determined to save me from myself. She did her very best to convince me not t...
  • Kat Kennedy
    2010-06-03
    Just to clarify: Yes, I did cry.I've read a lot of positive and negative reviews for this book. I can see why people wouldn't like it - I really can. Perhaps because I took a lot out of it personally, I found I enjoyed it a lot.Quick test to see if you'll like this book:1. Did you like Anne of Green Gables?2. Can you cope with an off-beat, melancholy, caustic, dead-pan, self-righteous narrator?3. Do you like words?(Questions 4-8 were all about wh...
  • Emily May
    2011-02-10
    I hate it when this happens, I truly do. It makes me feel wrong inside when everyone else loves a book that I find to be underwhelming... I mean, what's wrong with me?? Did I not get it?? Obviously it must be a lack of intelligence or something because everyone seems to rate this 5 stars. I was looking through my friend reviews hoping that someone would share my opinion - at least a tiny bit - and seeing 5 stars, 5 stars, 4.5 stars, 5 stars... I ...
  • Nataliya
    2011-03-15
    Wow. Words cannot describe how much I loved this book, what impact it had on me. But, like Liesel, words is all I have, so I will have to try.This is a lyrical, poignant, heartbreaking, soul-shattering story disjointedly told by a nearly-omniscient, fascinated by humans narrator - Death. (***I must confess that I kept imagining Death as the small-caps speaking Grim Reaper from Pratchett's Discworld, baffled by humans and loving cats and curry. Do...
  • Michael
    2008-06-10
    I am apparently one of the few people who just do not see what all of the hype is about on this one. I was really excited to read this after all of the glowing reviews it got, but I was left extremely disappointed. I found the writing stilted and stuttering (hard to stutter in writing, but this book pulls it off), overly sentimental, and heavy-handed on the symbolism.I also found the author's approach to the story to be just plain gimmicky. The f...
  • Zannachan
    2008-01-11
    I had a hardcover of this book. I no longer have it. I did not even finish reading it, because it irritated me so much and when I asked if it got better no one could convince me that it was worth persevering. I know that there are many people who love this book, authors who's book I love, readers who's tastes I respect. But I couldn't stand the narrator. Every time the Narrator intruded on the story it felt like exactly that--an intrusion. A lot ...
  • Jason
    2011-04-17
    I write this review under severe duress.Three-star books are always difficult to review, aren’t they? They are difficult for me, mostly because I am so dispassionate about them. It’s much easier to review something you love, or something you hate, rather than something you’ve half-forgotten before you even get to your local library’s return box.So this book is fine. Fine. It’s the story of a young German girl caught in the path of the a...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2015-11-21
    I devoured this. I read it, then I read it again, and now I want to read it for a third time. I’ve really got to move on, but this was just so Good with a capital G. This book takes such an interesting perspective on what is, in my opinion, an overly written about period of history. Having Death as the narrator for parts of the story really took it to the next level; it made it utterly unique. It also created a sense of detachment from the even...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2012-12-18
    i have no words. never in my life have i sobbed so hard at a book. i had to put my knitting down, then i had to stop the audio book because i was crying too hard. this book is no joke. i was going to give it 4 stars because i thought it was a little too long-winded but truly it is a masterpiece and thank you thank you thank you to everyone that persuaded me to read it.
  • Will Byrnes
    2009-07-30
    The Book Thief was published as Young Adult novel. Don’t you believe it. This is a wonderful novel, appropriate for adults of young, middle and advanced years. My wife was shedding copious tears as she finished reading the book, and insisted that I read it immediately. How could I not? I was prepared for a moving read and was not disappointed. Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger - from TV GuideThe main character is Liesel Meminger, just shy of t...
  • Walt
    2008-03-19
    Bravo Zusak! A standing ovation, a mighty opus. You stood Death on her head, removing her dark cloak and scythe, clothing her with feeling and letting us see she has eyes to see and a heart to feel, and the intellect to narrate a compelling story. I was so glad to find out she has a womb. Out of Death comes Life. She has greater aplomb than Nick in telling about Gatsby.In the spring of 1968 at age 19, I made my way to Dachau. I lived just south o...
  • Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
    2008-08-26
    Oh, Book Thief …I first picked up this book when I was 15 years old, after I'd been hearing such glowing reviews of it here on Goodreads. I knew next to nothing about it, besides that everyone seemed to love it so much; I recall seeing a conversation where a bunch of people agreed it was the best Young Adult book ever written. And then I pick it up from the library and it has some review on the front from the New York Times or something claimin...
  • Michael Kneeland
    2008-07-04
    Occasionally, you will read a novel that offers you new ideas about what a novel can actually do, how point of view and voice can be used differently but powerfully, and how characters can be developed to such an extent that they seem more human than those we come into contact with each day. This seems to be the case with Markus Zusak's 2005 novel, The Book Thief. I first read it on a recommendation from a librarian friend, and now find myself ta...
  • Candace
    2016-11-11
    This was one of those books that has been sitting on my TBR list forever. Finally, I decided to give it a go. Although it isn't my usual type of book, I found it to be a beautiful story.'The Book Thief' tells the story of a young girl, Liesel, growing up in Germany during WWII. After the death of her brother, she is put into foster care by her mother. Unlikely as it may seem, she goes on to form a close relationship with her foster father as she ...
  • Diane
    2008-10-09
    I hated this book. There is so much I disliked about it that I'm not sure where to begin. I recognize that I am in the minority on this one and that many of my GR friends loved this novel, so there's no need to start screaming at me in the comments. This book just wasn't my cuppa, and that's OK. We're allowed to like different books.My ListI think the thing I hated the most was the writing itself. The sentences were rough, uneven and felt unfinis...
  • Archit Ojha
    2016-04-04
    I don't usually write reviews, in fact this is my first on goodreads. This is a memoir of my connection to this book.My wife (yes I call my girlfriend my wife, so is the bond) gave this to me.We have a habit of gifting each other books. This was one of such events. Yet, it was so different. She warned me not to read To Kill A Mockingbird and I had a hunch that she is going to present it to me.The book she also added in the package happened to be ...
  • Ana
    2015-10-20
    {BR with Nicole} “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” These pictures ar...
  • Lyn
    2013-06-08
    Very good.Having Death as the narrator and having as a central protagonist a young girl in Nazi Germany make The Book Thief by Markus Zusak stand out from the crowd of books about Europe during World War II; this book is good not so much because of the story, but how the author tells it. In the Book Thief, Zusak uses a rich, multi-layered blend of allegory, metaphor and symbolism to create amidst the dirt and depression of Germany during the late...
  • Komal Mikaelson
    2013-05-16
    *Starts review. Write two lines. Erase the whole thing.**Starts again. No idea what to write**Wiping tears**Staring at the laptop screen, fingers resting on the keys.**Should I even write a review?**Where's the damn tissue?**I should totally write one. If I can write a snarky one, I can sure as hell write a gushing one**What would be the point, everyone has already read the book.**Does it matter? It's about me and the book masterpiece.*So, that h...
  • Megs ♥
    2011-10-17
    Since there are already so many wonderful reviews for this book I'm going to keep this one kind of short. Most of my friends have already read this book, and may be wondering what little old me could possibly add to the endless stream of praise surrounding this book.Well, I represent the people who have yet to read this book even though it's been out for almost 6 years, and won quite a few awards. Those of us who never read it despite receiving a...
  • Tran Thanh Tu
    2017-02-15
    I should have realised, and acknowledged beforehand that, historical fiction books don't have happy endings. In fact, it's the complete opposite.This book, heart-rending as it is, deserves to be hailed as one of the greatest books of the world history. Indeed, I would, by all means, recommend it to everyone with a mind of curiosity and hunger for knowledge. This book will help you understand how cruel and evil humans can be because as far as I'm ...
  • Rohisa
    2011-11-05
    Updating Review.Who knew Death can be such an eloquent writer.Who Knew Death can be a reliable narratorWho knew Death can be warm, fuzzy and heartbreakingly earnest.Who knew Death was capable of saying thought provoking yet profound words like “I am haunted by Humans”. The story is one of the oldest ones told. The narrator is mankind's friend/nemesis, Death, ancient as Time itself.And the scenes Death (not without compassion and not without ...
  • martha
    2008-03-26
    Everyone in the whole world seems to adore this book and yet I hate it SO MUCH. The writing style is just SO grating; it took me forever to figure out why, but I think in large part it's because it's 100% telling-without-showing. See, the premise is awesome -- a book set in Germany during WWII, narrated by Death, focusing on the life of one civilian German girl. But Death(/the author) just tells you what everyone's feeling or doing, so the charac...
  • Fabian
    2015-06-01
    The most impressive of its assets is shared by many other historical fictions. Its retention of the super sad events at times, solely to divert attention from such baffling horror. This, for a Young Adult novel, hits many nails right on the head. Its inventive narration and its somewhat flash fiction demeanor make it altogether lovable. Endearing. Really, a must. A novel I'd want my own kid to read!!