This darkly brilliantly bestseller from the award-winning author of I Am the Messenger is the tale of a young girl living in Nazi Germany who discovers the awesome power—and danger—of words.
Recounted by Death itself—a hapless narrator overwhelmed by the souls it has to collect—this groundbreaking novel tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child living outside Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence by stealing when she discovers something she can’t resist: books. Soon, she’s stealing them from Nazi book-burnings and sharing them with neighbors during bombing raids—and with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. Filled with astonishing, three-dimensional characters, The Book Thief is simply mesmerizing.
Hardcover Book : 560 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc./Random House ( March 14, 2006 )
Item #: 12-144870
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.4inches
Product Weight: 21.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Unique style with the Grim Reaper /death as the narrator.The reader is immersed in the poverty & desperation of the innocent Germans of the Nazi era. Such a simple thing...one book...gives a young girl hope and the desire to read & tell her story so that others will know that she & her adoptive family lived. I loved the book. While I intended to give the book as a gift, I concluded it is not written for young readers.
Reviewer: Patricia G
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Such a story! Compelling, engrossing, so very well written. This is a book that you did not want to finish because you wanted the story to go on and on. Do not hesitate to read this book, you will not be sorry.
Reviewer: Dorothy L
The narration by death was confusing, hard to follow. The book seemed much too long.
This novel gave an interesting perspective to the lives of Germans during World Warll. So many were unaware of the hideousness of their leader until their lives were forever changed. An unusual twist with "death" being part of the narrative. Length of book seemed long at first read but moved very quickly.