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While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home. The Book Thief is a historical novel by Australian author Markus Zusak and is his most popular work. Published in , The Book Thief became an international. The Book Thief is a World War II war drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is.
Sign in. Watch now. In , the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the tracks and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook", which was left on the grave of her brother and brings it with her. Liesel is delivered to a foster family in a small town and later she learns that her mother left her because she is a communist. Her stepmother, Rosa Hubermann, is a rude but caring woman and her stepfather, Hans Hubermann, is a simple kind-hearted man.
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User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. Brian Percival. Markus Zusak based on the novel by , Michael Petroni screenplay by. From metacritic. New to Own: Week of March 10, Watch Now: Oscar Nominees Movies for a little change.
Share this Rating Title: The Book Thief 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. User Polls The Book vs. Books vs. Nominated for 1 Oscar. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Roger Allam Liesel Meminger Heike Makatsch Liesel's Mother Julian Lehmann Liesel's Brother Gotthard Lange Grave Digger Rainer Reiners If you don't like experimental fiction, this book is not for you. If you love to read and if you love to care about the characters you read about and if you love to eat words like they're ice cream and if you love to have your heart broken and mended on the same page, this book is for you.
This story is narrated by Death during World War II, and it is the story of a young German girl who comes of age during one of the most horrific times in recent history.
Death has a personality. If something bad is about to happen, Death warns you ahead of time. My favorite part is when "he" stomps on a framed picture of Hitler on his way to retrieve a thousand souls from a bomb raid.
Death is trying to understand the human race as much as the humans are. When "his" job becomes unbearable, he watches the color of the sky as he gathers the souls and carries them away. The descriptions of the sky are like nothing I've ever read. A few quotes: In years to come, he would be a giver of bread, not a stealer - proof again of the contradictory human being.
So much good, so much evil. Just add water. His face was a mustache. Every time. It's his only detriment. He makes me cry.
He decided three important details about his life: He would part his hair from the opposite side to everyone else. He would make himself a small, strange mustache. He would one day rule the world. Yes, the Fuhrer decided that he would rule the world with words. Feb 21, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it it was amazing. Video review can be found here: View all 39 comments.
I feel like I was just given a history lesson but in the most emotionally damaging way possible. View all 88 comments.
The Book Thief
Such stupid gallantry. I like that a lot.
A few days ago, when I was starting The Book Thief, my mother stopped by and saw the book on my coffee table. Having just read it herself and knowing me better than anyone else in the world, I might add , she was determined to save me from myself. She did her very best to convince me not to read it. I guess I never learned to listen to my mother. I huddled in a corner and cried inconsolably instead. Death himself narrates the story about a little girl named Liesel growing up with her foster parents in Nazi Germany.
At the beginning, I felt somewhat intimidated by the idea of Death as a narrator. Incredibly insightful observations and occasional dry humor are only some of the things no one but Death could have brought into this story. I do not carry a sickle or a scythe. You want to know what I truly look like? Find yourself a mirror while I continue. It is, in fact, better to read it slowly, in small doses, in a way that allows you to savor every word and absorb the power and the magic it contains.
Death has no patience for mysteries. However, anticipation of the inevitable makes it even worse. My whole body was tingling with fear because I knew what was coming and I knew that it was only a matter of time.
Zusak found a way to give a fresh approach to a much-told story. He offered a glimpse at the other side of the coin.
Really, should we feel sorry for the people hiding in a basement in Munich suburbs? Sure, bombs are falling on their heads, but most of them are members of the Nazi Party, willingly or reluctantly.
Some of them truly think that Jews are no better than rats. Some, on the other hand, are hiding a Jew in their own basement. Some are just innocent children. Death does a great job of asking all these questions in a calm, unobtrusive way. The Book Thief and Markus Zusak should find their place in every school textbook all over the world.
Seven thousand stars could never be enough for this book. A few words from the man himself: View all 69 comments. Feb 10, Emily May rated it liked it Shelves: I hate it when this happens, I truly do.
It makes me feel wrong inside when everyone else loves a book that I find to be underwhelming I mean, what's wrong with me?? Did I not get it?? Obviously it must be a lack of intelligence or something because everyone seems to rate this 5 stars. I was looking through my friend reviews hoping that someone would share my opinion - at least a tiny bit - and seeing 5 stars, 5 stars, 4. I can appreciate that Markus Zusak is a very talente I hate it when this happens, I truly do.
I can appreciate that Markus Zusak is a very talented writer, some of the phrases he uses are beautiful and highly quotable - more reminiscent of poetry than prose. And the story idea? A tale narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany But it was the story-telling that never really worked for me. This is one of those incredibly slow, subtle books that are told in a series of anecdotes and are meant to cleverly build up a bigger picture I could imagine I was reading a collection of short stories and not a full-length novel about playground fights, developing friendships, WWI stories and death.
The book felt almost episodic in nature. These stories are supposed to come together and form a novel that is all kinds of awesome, but it was so bland. I also think that nearly pages of "subtlety" can make you want to throw yourself off the nearest tall building I'm giving this book 3 stars for the pretty words and the concept.
But other than that this book unfortunately won't stay with me. I find it an easily forgettable novel. I'm sorry: View all 97 comments. Jun 03, Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People into self-flagellation.
Just to clarify: Yes, I did cry. I've read a lot of positive and negative reviews for this book. I can see why people wouldn't like it - I really can. Perhaps because I took a lot out of it personally, I found I enjoyed it a lot.
Quick test to see if you'll like this book: Did you like Anne of Green Gables? Can you cope with an off-beat, melancholy, caustic, dead-pan, self-righteous narrator? Do you like words? Questions were all about what kind of underwear you're wearing so don't worry Just to clarify: Questions were all about what kind of underwear you're wearing so don't worry about them.
So, let's all gather around for story time with Mistress Kat. Two incidents set me off lately. My neighbour came to me and complained about the Islanders for those not Australian: Her comments on the video were that: Do they actually know?
Does it involve chipmunks, honey and tequila? To my neighbour, I simply mumbled that I had to leave and got in my car. To my Facebook friend, I resisted the urge to make any comments. I debated about starting a fight that would, in all likelihood, spill over to our community. This story actually focuses on the bad guys.
Zusak assumes that you know about the struggle and the plight of the Jews. Instead it focuses on the BAD guys. You get to know and live the lives of a small and poor town in Germany.
They harbour a Jewish man in their home and come to love him. They quietly try to get by without causing waves and without risking much of themselves. So you can see how I would sympathize.
How he could make such assumptions about people? When I was a child I asked my Great Aunt Nell why she insisted on engaging me in long and tedious hypothetical debates about morality, human nature, ethics and theology. Her response was always the same: Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. Well, I agree. Hitler told the German people how to think. He told them who was Wrong. Why they were Wrong.
How to fix the Wrong. What was Right. Then he did the most powerful thing a person could do: When you tell a whole nation a story about the future — a gloriously bright future with Plenty and Joy; a future in which they are redeemed and have conquered their enemies; a future in which they are happy and Everything Is As It Should Be — and if you tell that story well enough, then you can conquer a country and wage a war without ever firing a single bullet.
Pretty appalled, I imagine — and rightfully so. It sought to instil in its readers a sense of proper shame. The Book Thief, however, singles you out as solely responsible. It strips you naked and looks down on you as it asks you to account of yourself. Not even the narrator can sympathize with you because he is the only one left blameless and innocent, looking upon us with a reserved kind of pity and bewilderment.
I loved this book for inspiring me to be even more outlandishly outspoken and persistently and doggedly forthcoming on my opinions of these issues. I loved this book because I loved the narrator. I loved this book because I loved the story.
For some reason, that thought makes me very happy. View all 42 comments. Nov 21, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I devoured this. I read it, then I read it again, and now I want to read it for a third time.
This book takes such an interesting perspective on a very written about period of history. Having Death as the narrator for parts of the story really took it to the next level; it made it utterly unique. It also created a sense of detachment from the events, and evoked the message that death is unavoidable and will eventually come f I devoured this.
It also created a sense of detachment from the events, and evoked the message that death is unavoidable and will eventually come for all. I loved it, and I think the heroine is just superb. A book thieving heroine? Say no more! For me, one of the most important aspects of a well written character is someone I can sympathise with and feel vast quantities of empathy for. So, when the protagonist is in love with reading and appreciates the freedom it can grant, I find myself somewhat immediately won over to her cause.
For a young girl she is incredibly strong. You are going to die I should have known this was going to be a sad one. Death pretty much said so from the start. But one can hope: At least Liesel found some degree of comfort, which lifted the veil of misery somewhat. The ending of this book is precisely what made it so powerful. A fantastic story Liesel is an orphan, and when she was adopted I expected her to have an absolutely terrible time.
I expected her adopted parents to be awful. In the Hubermann household she received warmth and comfort. Hans Hubermann is an excellent man; he is open-hearted and genuine in his affection.
He is everything the young orphan needed in a parent, and he is everything that was needed to balance the darkness in the book. He is a true figure of strength and someone who represents the underappreciated resistance to Nazism within Germany during WW2.
He refuses to become a member of the political party and even hides a Jew in his basement. I know I keep saying that but it is so true. Everything about this book is just brilliant. I think this is such an accomplished story. It takes a lot to write a book like this, and to end it like this. The temptation to end it differently must have been humongous. An outstanding five stars View all 32 comments.
Jun 10, Michael rated it did not like it Shelves: I am apparently one of the few people who just do not see what all of the hype is about on this one.
I was really excited to read this after all of the glowing reviews it got, but I was left extremely disappointed. I found the writing stilted and stuttering hard to stutter in writing, but this book pulls it off , overly sentimental, and heavy-handed on the symbolism. I also found the author's approach to the story to be just plain gimmicky. The first and foremost gimmick also see heavyy-handed I am apparently one of the few people who just do not see what all of the hype is about on this one.
The first and foremost gimmick also see heavyy-handed symbolism is that the story is narrated by Death. Now, this might work in some books, but not this one. The choice of narrator adds absolutely nothing to the story; it is only a distraction to the reader, and it also encouraged the author to add trite observations about Death's perspective for example, he doesn't carry a scythe, but likes the human image that add nothing to the story.
If Death here had been given developed personality or a unique perspective, then maybe and even then it's a stretch the choice of narrator would have worked. As it is, the story is told almost entirely as though by an omniscient narrator is Death omniscient? It's a gimmick, and it falls flat. The other gimmick I found most distracting these are not the only two, but they are the most egregious is the repeated use of little newsflash-type, bold and centered notes that appear periodically through the story to highlight some stupid point and add in the author's mind dramatic effect.
These newsflashes, as I think of them, were irritating and served only to break up the natural narrative flow without adding anything significant. This is another example of the author hitting the reader over the head with his points, rather than trusting his own writing to get the message across.
This is another ill-conceived and heavy-handed gimmick intended to correct for a poor narrative. I think it is telling that while this book gets listed as teen fiction, Zusak actually wrote it for adults. For some reason, it got identified as being for teens when it got marketed in the U. It seems to me that the explanation for this change is that the novel feels like it was written by a very immature author, and so the prose does not attain the quality one should expect of adult fiction.
I think good Holocaust stories need to be told, but the Book Thief fails at that endeavor. The story is trite; the narrative is sentimental and uninspired.
I recommend that you look elsewhere for something better. If you want something for younger readers, try Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. I might even add in Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury, to counteract the heavy-handed book-burning theme of the Book Thief. There's plenty more out there that better deserve your time and attention than does this book.
View all 96 comments. Mar 15, Nataliya rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Words cannot describe how much I loved this book, what impact it had on me. But, like Liesel, words is all I have, so I will have to try. This is a lyrical, poignant, heartbreaking, soul-shattering story disjointedly told by a nearly-omniscient, fascinated by humans narrator - Death.
Don't judge me - I needed a glimpse of fun in the bl Wow. Don't judge me - I needed a glimpse of fun in the bleakness of Zusak's story. I even kissed a few weary, poisoned cheeks.
I listened to their last, gasping cries. Their vanishing words. I watched their love visions and freed them from their fear. Who has to learn to lose what she loves. Because the world is baffling, because it is a cruel place, because often it tries to stomp out love and beauty.
Sand castles, houses of cards, that's where they begin. Their great skills is their capacity to escalate. It is the mix of colors and strange metaphors, semi-dictionary entries and frequent strange asides, with skipping time, with complete disregard for spoilers.
I'm spoiling the ending, not only of the entire book, but of this particular piece of it. I have given you two events in advance, because I don't have much interest in building mystery. Mystery bores me. It chores me. I know what happens and so do you.
It is its job to know, after all. And this prescience does not soften the blows when they finally come; it only brings anticipatory dread and loving appreciation for things and people while they still ARE.
In the trees this afternoon, he was a giver of bread and teddy bears. He was a triple Hitler Youth athletics champion. He was her best friend. And he was a month from his death hide spoiler ]. He steps on my heart. Max Vandenburg , the Jewish fistfighter, who dreamed of battling Hitler and gave Liesel the perfect gift with everything he had.
You taught me to read. No one can play like you. I'll never drink champagne. She had a bigger one that people would think.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
There was a lot in it, stored up, high in miles of hidden shelving. Remember that she was the woman with the instrument strapped to her body in the long, moon-slit night. Liesel, who learns more about the cold cruelty of this world than most children should ever know. Liesel, who learns to read from the Gravedigger's handbook, who rescues the book from fire, who would rather steal books than food, who is not afraid to show kindness in the face of very real threat, who finally gives Rudy that overdue kiss, who fascinates even Death itself.
All of them remained human despite the circumstances, despite the pressure to do otherwise, despite anything. And I love them for that. This is a wonderful, lyrical, surreal, excellent book that broke my heart into tiny little pieces and yet gave me hope that even in the worst of times we can find beauty. This is the first review that I've wrote after working four hour days in a row followed by endless reading of textbooks and paperwork, all sore from endless and painful retracting in surgery, having composed this review in my head as a means to not pass out from hunger in the endless surgery.
So if something in it seems incoherent - that's why. View all 62 comments. Oct 10, Miranda Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. Liesel, an orphaned girl, is sent to live with a foster family right before the Nazi's take over Germany.
She has a peculiar attachment to books, her first being a gravedigger's manual that she picks up during her brother's funeral. Death takes an interest in her and her books on that day and follows her, sometimes constantly and sometimes at a distance. There's just something so Meanwhile Liesel slowly grows up in the heart of Nazi Germany. Her adoptive Papa and Mama make her bleak life bearable. But Rudy, her best friend, makes everything right in this world.
A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship. But their idyllic lives cannot stay that way forever. Food shortages are rampart, money becomes ever tighter and Papa's son believes every word from Hitler. And throughout all of this, Death watches Even death has a heart. I have avoided this one for so long I absolutely hate anything that turns that much pain and sorrow into a gimmick to sell more of the product.
I feel that a majority of that entertainment field both cheapens the experience and is hugely disrespectful to the victims. I feel like this subject should be treated delicately - and there are very few bits of media that I feel do it justice.
The Book Thief was just absolutely perfect in that sense. This book was just the right mixture of joys and sorrows, of highs and lows, and of good and evil. I loved Liesel and the way she grew up against the ever-present tide of Nazis. The way she and her family struggled against the world, by hiding a Jew or showing sympathy, really made this book shine.
Death made an interesting perspective , though I wish the book would have been narrated more from inside his head. Overall, loved this one. Though and this may be just me , but am I the only one disappointed by the title? I really was expecting a bit more book-thievery Audiobook Comments Extremely well-read - an absolute delight to listen to! Blog Instagram Twitter View all 36 comments.
I had a hardcover of this book. I no longer have it. I did not even finish reading it, because it irritated me so much and when I asked if it got better no one could convince me that it was worth persevering.
I know that there are many people who love this book, authors who's book I love, readers who's tastes I respect. But I couldn't stand the narrator. Every time the Narrator intruded on the story it felt like exactly that--an intrusion. A lot of people really like the narrator, and I imagine I had a hardcover of this book. A lot of people really like the narrator, and I imagine if you did the book would be much more enjoyable to read.
As it was I found the writing style consciously "artistic" or "literary" while the characters felt fake, superficial, and mechanical. I was too aware of the mechanics of the story and how he was manipulating the reader--kind of like going to a puppet show and having the puppeteer continually slipping and letting himself be seen.
It kept knocking me out of the story. Holocaust fiction is hard for me to read anyway, because it's an incredibly difficult period of history and human experience to read about. For me to want to read Holocaust fiction, it had better be better than okay, or even good--ti had better be absolutely amazing for me to be willing to put myself through the emotional pain and struggles that are inherent with a holocaust book.
Real life is hard enough for me to get upset and stressed out by a mediocre book. And please don't take that to mean that I only read books that are light and fluffy and safe, because I do read books that are hard, that are sad.
But while some people same to take pleasure in reading a book just because it is sad "Oh, this is a wonderful book! It made me cry! For me to read a book that is heart wrenching, it had better offer me something besides an emotional train wreck--powerful characters I really care about, an engrossing story line, some new observation on human existence and human relations, something. I do not usually read fiction to "learn," per se--that is, if I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust, I'd read non-fiction accounts.
I have read non-fiction accounts. I have read a few things of Holocaust fiction as well, and I have read some scholarly work as well. So it doesn't sell me on the book that it is a painful story, that it shows that some Germans were good and how social pressures created the Holocaust. I needed it to be a book about people that really interested me, that I cared about, and instead I was bored with the characters and irritated at the narrator and the obvious manipulations of the author.
Instead of getting wrapped into the story, every night I when I was reading it I'd throw it down and vent for a half an hour to my husband about something that annoyed me. After a few nights of this, I realized that unless someone could convince me that the second half of the book was much better than the first that it just wasn't worth my time to finish. So many people wouldn't love it if it were bad. But it really did not work for me. View all 23 comments. Jul 30, Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Book Thief was published as Young Adult novel.
This is a wonderful novel, appropriate for adults of young, middle and advanced years. My wife was shedding copious tears as she finished reading the book, and insisted that I read it immediately. How could I not? I was prepared for a moving read and was not disappointed.
At his burial, she retrieves a book dropped by one of the gravediggers, a connection to her brother, and begins her career as a book thief. Rosa is a coarse, foul-mouthed woman. Hans is a warm, supportive papa. They come to form a very devoted, loving family. But there is much more to this portrait of a German town than the bullies one expects to grow into the expected abusive stereotypes.
There is hope, as well, for those who are dragged into the military against their wishes, for those who harbor fugitive Jews at great personal risk, for those who stand up against the abuse of the weak, for those who share a love of knowledge with those eager to learn. There is sadness, as some cannot live with what they have seen, what they have lost.
Nico Liersch as Rudy Steiner - from Imglist. The spirited Liesel will win your heart, as will her friend Rudy, Hans and even Rosa. There are other characters who will also pluck those strings.
You will be rooting for this one or that one, cheering victories and weeping at defeats. Having characters one comes to care for is the greatest strength of this book. Over all is an appreciation for words, their power for both good and evil, the magic of language, books as a source of both damnation and salvation.
Liesel steals her first book as a way of maintaining a connection with her dead brother. Later, learning to read and continuing to steal books gives her a feeling of power. Enabled Age Level: Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. Markus Zusak. Next page. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Where the Crawdads Sing Kindle Edition. Delia Owens. I Am the Messenger Kindle Edition. Bridge of Clay Kindle Edition. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Kindle Edition. Judy Blume. Grade 9 Up—Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands.
The child arrives having just stolen her first book—although she has not yet learned how to read—and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook , to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late s and into the s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward.
Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative. All rights reserved. Originally published in Australia and marketed for ages 12 and up, The Book Thief will appeal both to sophisticated teens and adults with its engaging characters and heartbreaking story. The Philadelphia Inquirer compared the book's power to that of a graphic novel, with its "bold blocks of action.
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Liesel is still suffering from the loss of her little brother and the difficult and somewhat mysterious separation from her mother. She takes an immediate like to Hans, who is kind and thoughtful, but takes much longer to warm up to the abrasive Rosa. Liesel makes friends with next-door neighbor Rudy and establishes herself as a self-proclaimed book thief.
Along the way, Liesel is witness to the atrocities of war, heartbreaking events, love, loss and other life-changing events.
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