Literary Criticism and Significance
Mark Zusak, an Australian author of German descent, first made a mark on the literary world in 2002 with his award-winning children's book I Am the Messenger. With The Book Thief (2006), his foray into what was marketed as a young adult novel earned him great success in sales (it remained on American best-seller lists for weeks) but mixed reviews from critics. The novel's dark subject matter and intimidating length (550 pages) ask a lot of young readers, but teenagers and adults alike have read and loved its endearing tale of a young girl trying to survive in a very adult world of war and chaos. Already, book club editions are becoming more popular, and its introduction into the world of education is gaining The Book Thief more exposure and readers: it seems destined to become a widely read and discussed work.
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