“The Book Thief
is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader’s mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief
deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel’s Night.
It seems poised to become a classic.” -USA Today
"Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five
: with grim, darkly consoling humor.”
- Time Magazine
"Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important."
- Kirkus Reviews
"An extraordinary narrative."
- School Library Journal
"Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour
de force to be not just read but inhabited."
- The Horn Book Magazine
"One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years."
- The Wall Street JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.
A darkly funny thriller from the author of The Book Thief
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