The initial situation in “The Book Thief,” is that Liesel loses her parents. Her mother takes Liesel and her little brother Werner by train to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Unfortunately, Werner dies on the train and before Liesel arrives in Molching (where the foster parents live), she attends her brother’s burial in a snowy graveyard. This is when she first steals The Grave Digger’s Handbook from the cemetery after it falls from a grave digger’s coat. However, Liesel can’t read. At her foster parent’s house, her foster father, Hans, begins to teach her to read. Then, we get to know that Liesel isn’t really aware of what it means to be living in Nazi Germany. The book burning was organized by the Nazis to celebrate Adolph Hitler...
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...an, Liesel, her loving foster parents, Max, and Liesel’s neighbor, Rudy, who convinces Liesl to steal for fun. After Liesel learns to read, she steals books from everywhere. I like how this story is very unique and different than others. In addition, the author tries to hold on to the reader, by writing with poetic syntax, causing readers to pay more attention to how phrases are written. One thing I did not like was Death’s use of boldface text to bring attention to certain information. I found this very annoying and more difficult to read. Also, the author puts books within a book which makes it harder to understand. We, readers are reading “The Book Thief,” and inside this story by Marcus Zusak, the author brings another book, called The Book Thief, the story of Liesel’s life. In spite of these small issues, I still found this book very interesting, and disparate.
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