[2014] Clarissa R (Anne Frank Book Clubs): The Book Thief

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[2014] Clarissa R (Anne Frank Book Clubs): The Book Thief

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak

Clarissa RangelP.42-26-14

Character Description: LieselLiesel is a brave, young, courageous girl. She has blonde hair and has a tomboyish personality. She was only nine when her mom took her to her new foster parents on 33 Himmel St. On the train before arriving there, her brother died. When they went to bury her brother, she found her first book; The Gravedigger’s Handbook.It was the first of many. She was unable the read or write when she arrived at her foster parent’s house, but she was unexplainably attracted to books. All of the books, the words, spoke to her and she saw things differently because of it. She saw the world in a different way than other people did. She was incredibly smart for someone who was unable to read or write.

Character Description: DeathDeath is the narrator of this book. There is no real physical description of him. He says that he only wears a black robe when it’s cold. His job is to carry souls away when they die. He does not enjoy his job, but he is very wise. Liesel’s story is one of those stories that he remembers. He believes that War, even though most people think of War as Death’s best friend, is an impatient boss. War is always over his shoulder telling him to do more and more each day and is never satisfied. When he arrives on people’s front door, he is very descriptive of how their soul feels like. He however, has some very confused feelings when it comes to humans. He said, “I’m always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty and I wonder how the same thing can be both…”

Plot:After burying her brother, Liesel found her first book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook. This one book began the desire of many more. Once arriving to her new foster parent’s house, her adoring, accordion playing foster dad, helped her learn how to read and write. Once reading that book, she began to want more. This began her act of thievery. She stole books everywhere; book burning sites, the mayor’s house, anywhere where books seemed to be, she was there. However in Germany 1940, danger crept in every corner. When her father hides a Jew and the air raids start, Liesel’s world is completely thrown upside down.

Climax:The climax of the story is the night when it rained. When that one day where the planes dropped their bombs on the ground. They were off target. The sirens were too late. It was all too late for Himmel St. In a few seconds, everything was destroyed. Everyone was sleeping that night. They were all sleeping and dying. There was only one survivor. She was hiding in her basement reading, checking her life story for mistakes. She didn’t know what was going on and she was the lone survivor.

Setting:This story took place in Germany during the 1940s. It was a dangerous and worrisome time. The weather however, was always quite unpredictable. It would snow one week and be sunny another. Or perhaps it would be burning hot in the morning and pouring in the afternoon. With all the thoughts of Jews, the Fuhrer, and air raids around the neighborhood, the environment at most times was quite mellow and sad. Even though Himmel means “heaven”, it didn’t always feel that way for them.

My Personal Thoughts:I am truly in love with this book. It made me cry, laugh, and drown with emotions. There were some points while reading this that I had to sit down. There has never been a book that made me feel this way while reading it. Death’s narration was absolutely brilliant. I loved reading the chapters where we got to knock down the fourth wall and really see into the mind of Death. Markus Zusak’s words spoke to me and made me feel something magical. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time.

"It kills me sometimes, how people die""I am haunted by humans""Even death has a heart"- Death

"How about a kiss, Saumensch?"- Rudy"I hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."- Liesel


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