THE BOOK THIEF
New York : Knopf , Distributed by Random House, c2006.
Part 1: DEATH AND CHOCOLATE
***HERE IS A SMALL FACT ***
I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.
***Reaction to the ***
--Of course, an introduction.
Where are my manners?
I could introduce myself properly,
but it's not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough,
depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some
point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your
soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will
carry you gently away."
Death himself narrates the story of Liesel, a German girl left with foster parents just before the outbreak of World War II. Along the way to her new home with her younger brother, he dies, and after the funeral Liesel steals The Gravedigger's Handbook, though she cannot yet read. It is only the first of what will become a series of book thefts.
As she settles in with her
harsh but caring foster mother, Rosa, and kind foster father, Hans, she
gets to know her poor neighborhood and learns to read. Her obsession with
books grows as the war closes in, rationing is put in place, air raids
begin, and Hans takes in a Jewish man to hide in the basement. And through
it all, Death travels the Earth, taking in more and more souls every day.
I only met the book thief three
times, yet she was one of the few who intrigued me to the state that I
keep her story to retell to myself.
Germany -- History -- Fiction.
Books and reading -- Fiction.
Storytelling -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Jews -- Germany -- History -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Fiction.