The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I've never read a book that moved me the way The Book Thief did.  Narrated by Death, it tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who spends her childhood living with a foster family in Germany during World War II.  Naturally, a book with that setting has its fair share of tragedy, and though this one does have one of the saddest endings I've ever seen, at the same time, it is also one of the most uplifting books I've ever read.  The characters are what makes this book so special; each one has traits that are likeable and detestable.  They are among the most human characters that I've ever seen, and I came to care about what happened to each and every one of them.  By the time I reached the climax of the book, I was so emotionally invested in the characters, that I couldn't keep from crying, and yet I still can't think of a book that I've read recently that I enjoyed more than this one.


This is a wonderful book.  I can't recommend it highly enough.

by twilightfann on ‎05-17-2009 11:46 AM
I agree with everything Mikinda said - the book was just so beautifully written. The book really is amazing - the ending proves how something beautiful can come out of something so terrible. When you read this, you can't help but to get attached to every one of the characters. I don't think a book has ever made me cry so much laugh so hard. I most definitely recommend it.
by Jcorbosiero112 on ‎05-21-2009 11:40 AM
this book was in my barnes and noble as a recommendation on the shelf. So glad it was, it is now one of my absolute favorite books that I'll hang onto forever.
by kiakar on ‎05-30-2009 12:22 AM

I will agree with what others have written of this wonderful book "The book Thief".   I do believe that the author was more than a genius in having an imagination of this multitude to where everything about the story is so unigue in statue.  The Narrater was Death. How unusual was that? I haven't read one single book or heard of one with death as a narrater.  The story of course was real, that is, of real events of the 2nd world war in Germany, but even still, the author made each word unique as if they hadn't been spoken before about the events of this horrific war times in Germany.


The main character after death was Liesel a girl whose brave actions  was the reason for many that survived this tragic time. She first stole a book, just for the pure enjoyment of having something she could feel,touch and look upon. 

I do not  suspect anyone of not loving this book and enjoying every minute of its contents. 

by reading on ‎06-03-2009 03:45 PM
I can't say enough good things about this book.  Liesel lets us see life through the eyes of a young girl.  It makes you laugh, cry at times and remember being young.
by wolfie57 on ‎06-10-2009 08:58 PM
One of the best books I have ever read.  Could not put it down.  A definite must read.
by B&N Bookseller melissas on ‎08-07-2009 12:36 AM

This is always the first book I recommend when a teen is looking for historical fiction. The beauty of it is that it doesn't even feel has a timeless quality. It is truly one of the most uniquely written books I've had the pleasure of reading.

by B&N Bookseller Sarah_R on ‎08-14-2009 10:54 AM

I've had my eye on this book for a while, both because everyone comes into the store and asks for it and on personal recommendations from friends. I'm about halfway through it, and I'll be honest. It took some getting used to, to get into it. The style is different, which is a good thing, but it started out a bit confusing. It started to get a lot easier and now I don't want to put it down!


What I like about it is that it's touching not just teens but older readers as well. In fact, just the other day at the store, a former high school teacher of mine came in looking for it for her adult book club! I love when books can do that. 

by mar-MAR on ‎01-12-2010 07:31 PM

My high school English teacher made this book a mandatory read on our summer reading list for junior year and I am so glad she did. I laughed and I cried while reading this book. It is simply amazing and well-written. At first I was hesitant to read this because of the time period; I usually don't enjoy war stories. But this book takes you on a journey of the lives of the people at the time and goes in depth about the suffering and the discrimination that the Jews went through. I just love Leisel's story and her courageousness, I see her as an inspirational heroin. The way Zusak delivers this powerful narrative through the eyes of Death is so original and creative. THIS IS A MUST READ !

by CharlieG31 on ‎01-16-2010 12:46 PM

The book is awesome , I couldnt stop reading it once I started. I think it should be made into a movie, the book really transports you to the setting and you actually feel curious about what is going to happen next even though some people say it is bizarre I think it is a good book to spend a weekend with .

by absolutelynyfan on ‎02-15-2010 02:21 PM

Well, I think, it´s a bit bizarre, but in a remarkable way. It´s amazing!! The death tells a story about life and death during the Third Reich ...Wow!! Congratulations Markus Zusak!!

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