By Raveeshna
The Book Thief
takes place in Germany before and during World War II.  The story is told from the point of view of Death which was something that I found intriguing.  Since this death is more interested in colors.  He finds the story of the Book Thief, Liesel Meminger, very interesting, and she brushes Death three times in her life.  The story starts with Liesel’s mother taking Liesel and her brother to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hbermann in Molching, as she cannot provide for them.  Her brother dies on the train and it is at his funeral that she steals her first book The Grave Digger’s Handbook which fell into the show, though she cannot read.  To her books seem to be something precious.  Although Rosa her mother often insults Liesel by calling her a “dirty pig” (saumensch in German), it is just her prickly way of showing affection.  Hans the father teaches Liesel how to read.  Liesel befriends Rudy Steiner, a boy who loves her and is also her best friend.  She continues stealing books from various sources, but mainly the library of Ilsa Hermann, the mayor’s wife.  She also steals once from a Nazi book burning, and during all this her foster family helps a Jewish man named Max Vandenburg, whose father saves Hans’ life during World War I and shows him her story the book she had begin writing about her life titled The Book Thief.  Although Max leaves Poland later due to problems i is Max hat will help her n the end.  This novel was one of the most moving.  It made me cry at the end actually but the fact is that the authors style gave the story  a hint of childishness to go along with the main character that made it even more moving.  The novel had a sense of innocence that one doesn’t typically find in this subject of the Holocaust.

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