Interview with Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak
Book: The Book Thief

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Its just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

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 cant resistbooks. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she le…more

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Sheldon Levitt This is one of the best books I read last year.


message 2: by Lana

Lana so boring, it dragged on like a dog being pulled by a leash and the author was really ugh too. I was unimpressed, try harder next time amatuer and these aren't hate words, they're suggestions


message 3: by Jen

Jen This book is incredible in so many ways. I've read it in several book clubs, with people who have vasty different tastes in books, and almost everyone has enjoyed it. It is sad, but as he says in the interview, it's a book about destruction, but also beauty.

The style of the book takes some getting used to, but the book is worth making the effort for. If you are into audiobooks, the narrator for this one is excellent, and makes the unique style easier the adjust to.


Jennifer Goerling I have the book on my pile to read soon, i am really looking forward to it after seeing the interview, sounds very different .


Jessie He sounds like a really great guy. I can't wait to read this.


Samira Amazing writer! I read this book about a year ago. I thin wil read it again.


message 7: by Diana

Diana One of the best books ever.


ღஜ♥ Kim ♥ღஜ OUTSTANDING BOOK!!!


message 9: by Suzan (last edited Apr 02, 2011 06:34PM)

Suzan I recently heard Markus Zusak speak. He was incredibly bright, eloquent, and funny. Afterwards, as he signed books, I was impressed by how nice and gracious he was. He took the extra time to personalize everyone's books. His writing is incredible and I'm an even bigger fan after meeting him!


message 10: by Alix (last edited Apr 12, 2011 04:32PM)

Alix AH! This book is amazing. I absolutely love how he did "play with the words" and just have fun with it, and on every page and inside every metaphor and simile you can just see him smiling. I love it. Such great images through colors and words.


message 11: by Nanci

Nanci de Suffren Just finished this book. At first I couldn't seem to get into it but I couldn't really put it down. Having had the privilege of meeting a Holocaust survivor many years ago, reading anything related to this time in history is difficult yet inspiring because people did survive, people did fight back against the ugliness Hitler sought to color the world with. It's important to remember and recognize the beauty of human dignity. This book was beautifully written and should be read slowly to appreciate its richness.


message 12: by Alice

Alice this book changed how i look at... everything. I love this book, so thank-you Markus Zusak.


message 13: by EF

EF IT IS MY FAVORITE BOOK, SO HIS HOPE CAME TRUE!


Allison Claire One of my favorite books EVER.


message 15: by Phil

Phil Allison Claire wrote: "One of my favorite books EVER."

Difficult reading because of the subject matter but also eloquent and deeply,deeply, moving.


message 16: by Dania

Dania Lana wrote: "so boring, it dragged on like a dog being pulled by a leash and the author was really ugh too. I was unimpressed, try harder next time amatuer and these aren't hate words, they're suggestions"

you are a fool


Kathleen Kinkade I agree with Dania


message 18: by Irene (last edited Nov 17, 2013 04:12PM)

Irene O'Neill I listened to this book, read by Alan Corduner. It was a great story, and is on my list of favorite books. I loved his way with words, or ``playing with words`as he calls it. Alan Corduner did an awesome job of reading it as well.


message 19: by Suzy

Suzy Irene wrote: "I listened to this book, read by Alan Corduner. It was a great story, and is on my list of favorite books. I loved his way with words, or ``playing with words`as he calls it. Alan Corduner did ..."
I just finished listening to this last night - I did not want it to come to an end. I also thought the narrator was outstanding, matching his reading of the book to Zusak's wonderful writing.


message 20: by Michael

Michael Sutton This book has rekindled my love affair with good fiction. Reading a book like this is a rich and memorable experience.


message 21: by Marina

Marina Panchoshna This is definitely my favorite book. I’m still reading it. But, I cannot explain or describe how I feel while reading it. It’s sure more than awesome.


message 22: by Oria

Oria Your book is definitely one of my favorites. I loved the writing more than I loved the story, and I loved the story a lot.
Thank you.


message 23: by Molly

Molly This book is beautiful. Achingly beautiful. I would have liked to hear Mr. Zusak talk about the words. It's the souls that sit up at the end that appreciate the words.


Margaret The Book Thief - this is such a WOW of a book to read and to see the film as well. I am 74 years old and this would be in my top 3 books of all my life of reading (retired Librarian). The exquisite use of the English language had me spellbound right from the first page. Whom ever finds this book rubbish should not be allowed to ever read a book again!


message 25: by [deleted user]

this reminds me of how i saw the movie and then finished reading the book...and when i read the part where Liesel actually did find Max walking amongst the crowd..."a beautiful moment in an ugly time"...and she went to him -- finally in a state of understanding all he'd been trying to tell her about what's really going on -- and there was a bittersweet encounter which got torn apart... but this wasn't put in the movie like that -- instead she merely thought she saw him but it wasn't him and that was it :( i think if the producer had added this entire scene from the book, it would've moved everyone to tears, as it did when i read it and found out what "really" happened


message 26: by Cats_i

Cats_i Lana wrote: "so boring, it dragged on like a dog being pulled by a leash and the author was really ugh too. I was unimpressed, try harder next time amatuer and these aren't hate words, they're suggestions"

I teach this novel and have found it to be one of the most universally loved texts. Stylistically, it can be hard to get into and some students find the fact that there are 'plot spoilers' throughout quite difficult, but once you get past that you are absorbed into the language and beauty of the writing. Everyone is intitled to an opinion and no one book will be loved by all, but calling a writer who is able to write such vastly different styles (read 'The Messenger' to see what I mean) and with such command of language an "amateur" is not only unfair, it is inaccurate. Zusak is a master. You don't have to like his style; there are plenty of things that may infuriate some readers, but don't attack an author because of this. Accept it's not your style and leave it at that.


Michelle Hermansen A beautiful book. Incredible writing. Thank you!


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