The novel is narrated by Death, who tells the story of Liesel's life as she grows up in a foster home and learns to read and write. The novel is a powerful exploration of the human spirit and the power of words.
The book has been praised by many as a modern classic and has become an international bestseller, translated into 63 languages and sold 16 million copies. It was also adapted into a feature film in 2013.
The book is narrated by Death and explores the themes of historical and philosophical thoughtfulness, compassion during war, and the power of stories.
The book is based on the stories that Zusak's parents told him when he was little.
- Title: The Book Thief
- Author: Markus Zusak
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
- Chapter: 10 parts
- Rating: 4.4/5 on Goodreads
- Language: English
- Publisher: Picador
The story follows Liesel Meminger, a young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object partially hidden in the snow by her brother's graveside.
It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, 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 learns to read with the help of her accordion-playing foster father.
Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library and wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down3.
The plot of The Book Thief revolves around Liesel Meminger and her experiences during World War II. The story is narrated by Death who provides a unique perspective on the events that unfold.
The plot follows Liesel as she learns to read and develops a love for books and words. She begins stealing books from various sources including Nazi book-burnings and the mayor's wife's library.