#32 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


The Book Thief


Markus Zusak


Historical Fiction, Novel







Title (Original)

The Book Thief

Year of Publication




Short Description & Notes

The first book that 10-year-old girl, Liesel Meminger, steals is called The Grave Diggers Handbook. When she steals this book during her young brother’s burial, she has not yet learned how to read and is about to begin the great adventure of her life. Liesel is the daughter of a communist and, because of this, she is separated from her family and raised by Hans and Rosa Hubermann, a German couple. The three will hide a Jewish boxer in their basement. This is a story about word’s power in a time of war and prejudice. The II World War is revealed from the point of view of a typical German family. Therefore, although the theme is already well known, this book becomes something new for readers that appreciate Nazi German subject.

“Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.” – Goodreads: The Book Thief

Remarkable Quotes

“Em cada minuto, em cada hora, havia preocupação, ou melhor, paranóia. As actividades criminosas têm esse efeito numa pessoa, especialmente numa criança. Imaginam uma prolífica variedade de apanhanços.”

“Era uma vez um estranho homem baixo. Ele decidiu três importantes pormenores a respeito da sua vida:
1. Faria a risca do cabelo do lado contrário ao de toda a gente.
2. Deixaria crescer um pequeno bigode estranho.
3. Um dia governaria o mundo.”

Fun Facts

The book is narrated by Death.

It has been adapted to cinema in 2013 starring Geoffrey Rush as Hans Hubermann.

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