The book Thief by M Zusak

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Firgrove Ladies Book Group:

The unusual style provoked discussion and differences of opinion.  A profound read which showed the resilience of human beings in extremely difficult situations.  It encouraged healthy discussion.

Star rating: ****

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5 thoughts on “The book Thief by M Zusak”

  1. Review by Basingstoke Afternoon WI Reading Group
    Enjoyedby most but some struggled with the writing style and the narrator. Interesting to hear the story from a German perspective. Lovely poetic language and descriptions of hte sky.
    Rating: ***

  2. Review by Oakham Reading Group
    Thoroughly enjoyed by all members. Excellent plot and brilliantly written. Very clever!
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Barnfield Book Club
    Inspirational and affecting. Felt very attached to characters. Lovely descriptive prose/characters.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Willis Museum Reading Group
    Excellent and unique. It shows the ability of words and books to inspire hope, love and friendship. This book demonstrates how (we) book lovers can escape the harsh realities of life through reading (just as Liesel did).
    Star rating: *** +

  5. Havers Reading Group
    An excellent book – humorous, sad, emotional, amusing and compassionate. Underlining fear of the people from the Nazi regime. Unusual, different and one of the best ever reads in the six years of the group.
    Star rating: ****+

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The book Thief by M Zusak

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Firgrove Ladies Book Group:

The unusual style provoked discussion and differences of opinion.  A profound read which showed the resilience of human beings in extremely difficult situations.  It encouraged healthy discussion.

Star rating: ****

Read the book

Request to borrow a reading group set
 
 

5 thoughts on “The book Thief by M Zusak”

  1. Review by Basingstoke Afternoon WI Reading Group
    Enjoyedby most but some struggled with the writing style and the narrator. Interesting to hear the story from a German perspective. Lovely poetic language and descriptions of hte sky.
    Rating: ***

  2. Review by Oakham Reading Group
    Thoroughly enjoyed by all members. Excellent plot and brilliantly written. Very clever!
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Barnfield Book Club
    Inspirational and affecting. Felt very attached to characters. Lovely descriptive prose/characters.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Willis Museum Reading Group
    Excellent and unique. It shows the ability of words and books to inspire hope, love and friendship. This book demonstrates how (we) book lovers can escape the harsh realities of life through reading (just as Liesel did).
    Star rating: *** +

  5. Havers Reading Group
    An excellent book – humorous, sad, emotional, amusing and compassionate. Underlining fear of the people from the Nazi regime. Unusual, different and one of the best ever reads in the six years of the group.
    Star rating: ****+

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