The Book Thief Online Download by Markus Zusak
Click Here to Download the Book A New York Times bestseller for seven years running that's soon to be a major motion picture, this Printz Honor book by the author of I Am the Messenger is an unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusakâ€™s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she canâ€™t resistâ€“ books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Reviews Why haven't I read this book before? I heard the rumblings of approval online and put it vaguely on my "to read" list. Fortunately for me, teaching circumstances compelled me to buy and read the novel, and I count it as one of my best reads of the year. Zusak surprised me on so many levels. The story is set in Nazi Germany, and never shrinks from some of the worst horrors of that period in time. Nonetheless, the novel does not ever slump into a paralyzing depression. It is filled with life, despite having Death as a narrator. The moments of heartbreaking sadness made me cry several times, but even these dark moments are underlined by a light of hope that shines throughout the novel. The main characters - Liesel, her foster parents, Max the Jewish fist fighter, and Liesel's best friend Rudy - are good people and find all the specks of sunlight in a gloomy landscape. They may be Germans, and they may be trying to piece together normal lives according to Hitler's rules, but they have the morality that we aspire to. The Hubermanns risk their lives to protect Max in their basement; Rudy and Leisel risk themselves to practice other small acts of defiance; Max faces death by striking out on his own to avoid giving the Hubermans more pain. All of these people know what is right in a society that has turned all the rules upside down, and do what they can to fight against the constraints of hatred and prejudice that dominate their land. Choosing Death to be the narrator was a stroke of genius. Thematic implications aside, his distance from the story gave us breathing space to take in the triumphs and tragedies, and his dark sense of humor could lighten the most intense moment. And truly, death was a huge character in those horror-filled times. Giving Death a physical embodiment and making him the narrator is absolutely appropriate to the setting of this story. Another area where Zusak surprised me was in his writing. His use of imagery is amazing. His metaphors and images are concise and crisp, yet poetic. I have read a lot of books, and I can honestly say that few novels offer as many original descriptions as this book did. The sky is like milk being poured on the ground, the gun clips a hole in the night - so beautiful, so unique. Zusak combines the terse style of writers like Hemingway and Steinbeck with the literary grace of Morrison or Hoffman. I truly envy his writing style. The story itself has been thoroughly covered in other reviews. I won't spend time on another synopsis. My reaction, though, is that this novel is moving and real. Zusak connects all the dots, weaving together plot lines
and thematic motifs and characters in a tapestry of powerful writing that grips the heart.
Liesel Meminger is 11 she has been adopted by the Hubermanns. Hans and Rosa care for her as if she were there own. But her life is turned upside down when her foster parents hide a jew named Max. Liesel and Max become good friends, but she must keep Max a secret of his exictence. Soon the air-raids start coming and Himmel Street is no longer safe. I can connect it because my grandfather he was in the war as well. But he was the plane person and brought all the supplies and stuff. And he was on the American side, so the not on Germany's side. And Liesel is on the German side, but doesn't really know much about it and stuff. But they have to say Heil Hitler a lot. Liesel also doesn't really like Hitler... for example she said she hated him. I would give it 5 stars... because it really showed the POV of a 11 year old girl during World War 11. Also it described things in Death's POV which made the story really juicy. I enjoyed it a lot and it was easy to comprehend and understand. It also had a lot of meaty and juicy parts in it. I loved it! And I am sure you will too!
This book is among my favorite young adult books. There were so many lovable characters in this book, and so many beautiful moments. I finished this book last night, and I missed the characters all night, I went to sleep thinking about them, and I even dreamed about them. The narrartive style of the story is amazing, and the writing style kept me interested the whole time. The story takes place in Nazi Germany, so obviously there are tons of extremely heartbreaking moments. I shed so many tears while reading, both tears of joy and beauty, and tears of complete despair. I think the author sums it up on the last page of the book, (not a spoiler), "I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words so damning and brilliant." That is pretty much sums up what the book was for me, ugly and glorious, damning and brilliant. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially fans of young adult Holocaust literature.
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