#bookaday Best Book Bargain: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


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I picked up The Book Thief soon after it was published and it was on offer. This is one of those books that draws you in and never quite releases you after you have finished reading. It had a great impact on me at the time, partly because it is a story of loss, but mostly due to the narration and the uncertainty of the fate of the protagonist. It’s a story about books, loss, danger, change, and the healing power of books. I’m sure I will go back and read it again and I’m even more certain that I won’t see the film. The descriptions of the scenes have carved such strong impressions in my mind that I never want them to come undone. I’ll leave you to find out the plot if you haven’t yet read it, and with the incredible fact that it spent over 230 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. Says it all!


Author: fcmalby

F.C. Malby is a contributor to Unthology 8 (Unthank Books) and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction. Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo includes award-winning stories, and her debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, won The People's Book Awards. Her short fiction has been published in various literary magazines and journals online and in print. www.fcmalby.com @fcmalby

8 thoughts on “#bookaday Best Book Bargain: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  1. I also bought this when it was on offer but haven’t yet read it. I’ve heard great things about it but with so many books waiting to be read, when it comes to choosing one I just don’t seem to have picked this one yet. I need to read faster!


  2. A great book to get for a bargain. I’m with you on not seeing the movie. I listened to the audio (which was very well done), but I still wouldn’t want a film version messing with the images in my mind.


  3. Great post. I have this one on my TBR list. Thanks for your insight.


  4. I had no idea it was that many weeks. Felt the same about the book – profound and fantastic writing. I finished it at the same time I went to Amsterdam and visited Anne Frank’s house – made it resonate even more.


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