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The Book Thief: Film tie-in - Markus Zusak
The Book Thief: Film tie-in
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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak was the best-selling debut literary novel of the year 2007, selling over 400,000 copies. The author is a prize-winning writer of children's books, and this, his first novel for adults, proved to be a triumphant success. The book is extraordinary on many levels:... show more
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak was the best-selling debut literary novel of the year 2007, selling over 400,000 copies. The author is a prize-winning writer of children's books, and this, his first novel for adults, proved to be a triumphant success. The book is extraordinary on many levels: moving, yet restrained, angry yet balanced -- and written with the kind of elegance found all too rarely in fiction these days. The book's narrator is nothing less than Death itself, regaling us with a remarkable tale of book burnings, treachery and theft. The book never forgets the primary purpose of compelling the reader's attention, yet which nevertheless is able to impart a cogent message about the importance of words, particularly in those societies which regard the word as dangerous (the book is set during the Nazi regime, but this message is all too relevant in many places in the world today).Nine-year-old Liesel lives with her foster family on Himmel Street during the dark days of the Third Reich. Her Communist parents have been transported to a concentration camp, and during the funeral for her brother, she manages to steal a macabre book: it is, in fact, a gravediggers’ instruction manual. This is the first of many books which will pass through her hands as the carnage of the Second World War begins to hungrily claim lives. Both Liesel and her fellow inhabitants of Himmel Street will find themselves changed by both words on the printed page and the horrendous events happening around them.Despite its grim narrator, The Book Thief is, in fact, a life-affirming book, celebrating the power of words and their ability to provide sustenance to the soul. Interestingly, the Second World War setting of the novel does not limit its relevance: in the 20th century, totalitarian censorship throughout the world is as keen as ever at suppressing books (notably in countries where the suppression of human beings is also par for the course) and that other assault on words represented by the increasing dumbing-down of Western society as cheap celebrity replaces the appeal of books for many people, ensures that the message of Marcus Zusak’s book could not be more timely. It is, in fact, required reading -- or should be in any civilised country. --Barry Forshaw
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780552779739 (0552779733)
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
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AMAITKEN.COM Book Reviews
AMAITKEN.COM Book Reviews rated it
3.0 The Book Thief Review
I started the book on my ride back from Prague. I found this quirky book after looking up the last years (or two years ago, maybe three) top books. This stumbled right into my palms, and I ordered it straight away. Now, it’s not my usual book, which may, possibly, be an explanation for why it’s not ...
Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it
5.0 Quite Sublime
The word 'superb' is not one I bandy about lightly, but it seems eminently appropriate for "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. Not only is it inventive in the use of Death as a narrator, which adds a peculiar perspective to the story and confers so much more than a simple device, but the plot and char...
Mallory Kellogg, Nerdalicious
Mallory Kellogg, Nerdalicious rated it
4.0 Review: The Book Thief
Where do I even begin with this? I have so many mixed feelings. Let's start at the beginning. It's told by Death. I found that amazingly unique. The writing style is whacky but once you get it, it flows well enough. It involves Nazi Germany, which is never a wonderful, joyful topic. It always...
Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
5.0 Beautiful and heartbreaking
This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I've ever read. Here's what I knew about it going in: it takes place during WWII and has Nazis in it. Not a lot to go on. It had been on my TBR list for a long time but I kept passing it by, just not sure what it was about or if I was in the right fram...
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Midu Reads rated it
1.5 If I Counted The Ways In Which You Have Disappointed Me....
Some parts were beautiful. A few examples: "Pfiffikus!" she echoed, quickly adopting the appropriate cruelty that childhood seems to require. ...humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, house of cards... Others were just weird. Look at this one: I carried them in my fingers, ...
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