The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak

The Book ThiefDeath has seen quite a few catastrophic events in his time, but none quite so ruthless and methodical as the genocide of the Jewish people carried out by Hitler and his death squads during WWII. But no matter how terrible the circumstances, there is no rest for gentle Death, who must continue to gather souls, from battlefields and gas chambers alike. However, he finds his ancient head turned by one little German girl who, in the midst of darkness, has found light through the magic of books and reading. Liesl, the book thief of the title, has attracted Death’s attention because of her unusual habit of stealing books during times of great distress in her life. Now, Liesl and her parents have hidden a young Jewish man in the basement of their home, and he will need more than just words on a page to survive the war. Narrated by the striking and original voice of Death, the tale of The Book Thief is one of horror, courage and unbelievable love that you will probably need (and want!) to read more than once to fully understand and appreciate.

11 thoughts on “The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak

  1. One of the best books i’ve ever read!!!! Zucas has a wonderful way of capturing emotion and play with words!!! We have all heard the story of Hitler and the Jews but “The Book Thief” is completely different than anything you’ve ever read before. You can’t help but fall in love with all his chacaters perticularly Rudt Steiner!!!

  2. I loved this book, but truth be told, i did have to practice some patience with it. The format is hard to get used to at first, but makes the story. It’s strange how the presence of Death highlights Life. Beautiful. Lifting. Give it up for Zuzak.

  3. It’s not an easy read, that’s for sure. That’s why I’m surprised so many teens keep picking it up and making their way through it. I would have never had patience for this as a teen. I remember thinking Anne Frank’s diary was dense and difficult–compared to the Book Thief, that’s just a walk in the park!

  4. I think this is my favorite book ever. And that’s saying something, seeing as how I’ve probably read thousands upon thousands of books in my life. It was a little difficult to get into at first–the beginning is almost impossible to understand if you’ve never read the book before–but by the end I had to put it down to keep from crying. I’ve read maybe two books in my life that made me cry and probably about four that made me teary-eyed. This one made me want to sob and crawl into bed for days on end. And the best part was that I already knew the ending. The narrator–Death, which is another of my favorite things–basically said what would happen in the first chapter. And then he said it again about half-way through, when you knew the characters better. But when it comes, it still shocks you. There was humor. There was starkness. There was beauty. And there were many tears.

  5. i thought the enire thing was unbelievable!!! not only was the story wonderful, but Zuzak is an incredible writter!!! the entire thing is rich with the ture terror and beauty of human nature and you can’t help but love every character, my personal favorite was Rudy Steiner, though even Death was quite like able. with all his persistent fascination with humans, the one thing that he never seems to grip is that he, is so many ways, human. the entire thing is about the power of words and one little German girl, living in the very heart of Nazism, incredible relationship with the Jewish man living in their basement. i personally feel it should be required reading.

  6. I will be honest and say that i was just about to put this book down after the first couple pages because i didn’t think i wanted to know how it ended. I loved it. On several occasions i just put the book down because i couldn’t handle the death or just the plain cruelty of some of the people depicted. The Jew’s forced march and the Himmel Street incident (at the end, I won’t give away more than that) were two such incidents. I think i actually cried. Wow. Be patient you won’t regret it.

  7. This book changed my life. I am a life long reader and now a public school librarian, so I read all the time. After reading “The Book Thief” I can barely read fiction anymore. Honest.

  8. This is one of the best, most beautiful novels I have ever read. There are certain images that will never leave me. It is poetic, and strange, and imaginative and wonderful.

  9. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Seriously… Everything just built up, and I simply died at the end. I wished it could be different, but the book in itself is such a masterpiece, such an ugly, realistic beauty. Definitely 5 stars.

  10. This is one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out on a very yummy book. It may be sad, but it’s so great that it’s worth it. And it’s not too bad to learn a few german slurs 🙂

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