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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
The best book I have read in years! Could hardly put it down.
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I read this with my nearly 10 years old daughter. I had my reservations, I must say, as I thought it might be too sad and hard for her to grasp and enjoy. Boy, was I wrong! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gra & Co
A must read book... A very good insight of what leaving during the WWII was....Great descriptions of the characters especially Liesel...Published 2 days ago by Vincenzo Antonio Lonigro
Have enjoyed this book very cleverly written you are there with all the characters. Took me a while to get into the book but so glad I stayed with it.Published 3 days ago by MrsR
The way this book is written is truly unique, and guaranteed to give you the shivers. There are many, many stories about different aspects of the holocaust but there are none... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gingerbread
A really different perspective could not put it down, excellent read.Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Vm Wilson