Why I love The Book Thief

Susan Lattwein

I first saw Markus Zusak when he still had pimples, giving an author talk at a Sydney library. Way before he’d written The Book Thief.

Having read The Underdog, I knew Markus had a way with words. But The Book Thief is unique and will surely acquire the status of a classic. I knew it was a specially crafted tale when I first read it in 2005, and am so glad it’s finally going to be released as a motion picture.

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Why is The Book Thief special, besides making me cry?

It’s not just the story, but how it’s written. I could tell you The Book Thief is narrated by death (yes, death), set in Nazi Germany, and is the story of a young girl who steals books and lives with her foster parents who protect a young Jewish man at their peril. You would correctly assume the…

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