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kindle ☆ The Book Thief 552 pages Download ô Markus Zusak ê [Download] ➼ The Book Thief By Markus Zusak – Danpashley.co.uk Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIt is 1939 Nazi Germany The country is holding its breath Death has never been busier and will be busier stillByLibrarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereIt is 1939 Nazi Germany The country is holding its breath Death has never been busier and will be busier stillBy her brother's graveside Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object partially hidden in the snow It is The Gravedigger's Handbook This is a book to treasure a new classic I absolutely loved itSet in Germany in the years 1939 1943 The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel narrated by Death who has in his possession the book she wrote about these years So in a way they are both book thieves Liesel steals randomly at first and later methodically but she's never greedy Death pockets Liesel's notebook after she leaves it forgotten in her grief amongst the destruction that was once her street her home and carries it with himLiesel is effectively an orphan She never knew her father her mother disappears after delivering her to her new foster parents and her younger brother died on the train to Molching where the foster parents live Death first encounters nine year old Liesel when her brother dies and hangs around long enough to watch her steal her first book The Gravedigger's Handbook left lying in the snow by her brother's graveHer foster parents Hans and Rosa Herbermann are poor Germans given a small allowance to take her in Hans a tall uiet man with silver eyes is a painter of houses etc and plays the accordian He teaches Liesel how to read and write Rosa is gruff and swears a lot but has a big heart and does laundry for rich people in the town Liesel becomes best friends with her neighbour Rudy a boy with hair the colour of lemons who idolises the black Olympic champion sprinter Jesse Owens One night a Jew turns up in their home He's the son of a friend of Hans from the first world war the man who taught him the accordian whose widowed wife Hans promised to help if she ever needed it Hans is a German who does not hate Jews though he knows the risk he and his family are taking letting Max live in the basement Max and Liesel become close friends and he writes an absolutely beautiful story for her called The Standover Man which damn near broke my heart It's the story of Max growing up and coming to Liesel's home and it's painted over white painted pages of Mein Kampf which you can see through the paintWhenever I read a book I cannot help but read it in two ways the story itself and how it's written They're not uite inseparable but they definitely support each other With The Book Thief Markus Zusak has shown he's a writer of genius an artist of words a poet a literary marvel His writing is lyrical haunting poetic profound Death is rendered vividly a lonely haunted being who is drawn to children who has had a lot of time to contemplate human nature and wonder at it Liesel is very real a child living a child's life of soccer in the street stolen pleasures sudden passions and a full heart while around her bombs drop maimed veterans hang themselves bereaved parents move like ghosts Gestapo take children away and the dirty skeletons of Jews are paraded through the townMany things save this book from being all out depressing It's never morbid for a start A lively humour dances through the pages and the richness of the descriptions as well as the richness of the characters' hearts cannot fail to lift you up Also it's great to read such a balanced story where ordinary Germans even those who are blond and blue eyed are as much at risk of losing their lives of being persecuted as the Jews themselvesI can't go any further without talking about the writing itself From the very first title page you know you're in for something very special indeed The only way to really show you what I mean is to select a few uotes and I wish I was better at keeping track of lines I loveAs he looked uncomfortably at the human shape before him the young man's voice was scraped out and handed across the dark like it was all that remained of him p187 Imagine smiling after a slap in the face Then think of doing it twenty four hours a day That was the business of hiding a Jew p239The book was released gloriously from his hand It opened and flapped the pages rattling as it covered ground in the air More abruptly than expected it stopped and appeared to be sucked towards the water It clapped when it hit the surface and began to float downstream p325So many humans So many colours They keep triggering inside me They harass my memory I see them tall in their heaps all mounted on top of each other There is air like plastic a horizon like setting glue There are skies manufactured by people punctured and leaking and there are soft coal coloured clouds beating like black hearts And then There is death Making his way through all of it On the surface unflappable unwavering Below unnerved untied and undone p331After ten minutes or so what was most prominent in the cellar was a kind of non movement Their bodies were welded together and only their feet changed position or pressure Stillness was shackled to their faces They watched each other and waited p402People and Jews and clouds all stopped They watched As he stood Max looked first at the girl and then stared directly into the sky who was wide and blue and magnificent There were heavy beams planks of sun falling randomly wonderfully onto the road Clouds arched their backs to look behind as they started again to move on It's such a beautiful day he said and his voice was in many pieces A great day to die A great day to die like this pp543 4Writing like this is not something just anyone can do it's true art Only a writer of Zusak's talent could make this story work and coud get away with such a proliferation of adjectives and adverbs to write in such a way as to revitalise the language and use words to paint emotion and a vivid visual landscape in a way you'd never before encountered This is a book about the power of words and language and it is fitting that it is written in just such this way The way this book was written also makes me think of a musical or an elaborate flamboyant stage play It's in the title pages for each part in Death's asides and manner of emphasing little details or even speech in the way Death narrates giving us the ending at the beginning giving little melodrammatic pronouncements that make you shiver It's probably the first book I've read that makes me feel how I feel watching The Phantom of the Opera if that helps explain itAnd it made me cry

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Left behind there by accident and it is her first act of book thievery So begins a love affair with books and words as Liesel with the help of her accordian playing foster father learns to read Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book burnings the mayor's wife's library wherever there are books to be foundBut these “When death captures me” the boy vowed “he will feel my fist on his face”Personally I uite like that Such stupid gallantryYesI like that a lotA 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 She described in detail the three day long headache all the crying had caused her and the heartache she now has to live with but I’m nothing if not stubborn I guess I never learned to listen to my mother I’m pretty sure her parting sentence was “Don’t come crying to me” And I didn’t 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 I assumed that his voice would be dark and thunderous but for the most part he was a ray of light illuminating earth’s saddest time Incredibly insightful observations and occasional dry humor are only some of the things no one but Death could have brought into this story Besides we hear people calling God’s name every day for many reasons but when Death calls to Him in despair and even those calls fall on deaf ears no one can fail to understand the gravity of the situationI do not carry a sickle or a scytheI only wear a hooded black robe when it’s coldAnd I don’t have those skull like facial features you seem to enjoypinning on me from a distance You want to know what I truly look like?I’ll help you out Find yourself a mirror while I continueThe Book Thief is not one of those books you read compulsively desperate to find out what’s on the next page No 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 All the while you know what’s going to happen 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 timeZusak 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 But the important uestion is are we any better at all if we don’t feel compassion and sorrow? Death does a great job of asking all these uestions in a calm unobtrusive wayI’m not pretentious enough to believe that my clumsy words can ever do this book justice I won’t even try Time will speak for it as I’m pretty sure it will survive for decades and generations to come 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 EDIT A few words from the man himself

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The Book ThiefAre dangerous times When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement Liesel's world is both opened up and closed downIn superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity award winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our timeNote this title was not published as YA fictio Video review can be found here 's going to take awhile for this book to fully sink in but overall this was a masterpiece