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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

Narrarated by: Allan Corduner

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new 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 can’t resist-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. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. .

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Total File Size: 383 MB (11 files) Total Length: 13 Hours, 55 Minutes

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08.29.12
Lyrical writing that gives new form to the well-trodden subject matter of the Holocaust
2008 | Label: Listening Library

Death narrates this now-iconic young adult novel about an illiterate young girl whose hunger for reading incites her to steal books, beginning with the gravediggers manual she finds at the cemetery where her younger brother is buried. When the war begins, Liesel Meminger is sent to live with a foster family in the town of Molching. Her foster father teachers her to read and her new best friend (and would-be paramour) Rudy Steiner assists her on her thieving missions — some designed to help themselves in wartime poverty, others to rebel against the atrocities of Nazism. In the meantime, Liesel’s foster parents take in a Jew, hiding him in their basement from the S.S. As his relationship with Liesel warms, Max writes new books especially for her, painting over pages of Mein Kampf with his own illustrations. With Death as the storyteller and the Holocaust as the historical backdrop, the plot has a certain inevitability — we all know how this will end. Nevertheless, Zusak illuminates the humanity of his foul-mouthed, mostly well-meaning characters in their efforts to both resist and survive and his lyrical writing gives new form to well-trodden subject matter.

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The Book Thief

ezag1

This is an amazing book - beautiful and magical. A different perspective on a topic we've all read about. A must read.

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Unparallelled!

beckyleed3

This book changed my life!!! It's so beautifully written, you'll be lost in the book from the first chapter. Don't be turned away by the fact that it is for young adults, it's for anyone who loves to read.

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