References edit External links edit. Narrated by, death, the book thief is the story of, liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old German girl who given up by her mother to live with Hans and. Rosa hubermann in the small town of Molching in 1939, shortly before world War. On their way to molching, liesel's younger brother Werner dies, and she is traumatized, experiencing nightmares about him for months. Hans is a gentle man who brings her comfort and helps her learn to read, starting with a book liesel took from the cemetery where her brother was buried. Liesel befriends a neighborhood boy, rudy Steiner, who falls in love with her. At a book burning, liesel realizes that her father was persecuted for being a communist, and that her mother was likely killed by the nazis for the same crime. She is seen stealing a book from the burning by the mayor's wife.
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In the midst of governmental policies that reflect on who is worthy of love and acceptance, the hubermanns' relationship with Max defies the nazi regime. Further, the love that Max and liesel develop through their friendship creates a strong contrast to the hate that is the backdrop of the story. The theme of love also intertwines with the themes of identity and language/reading because all of these themes have the purpose of providing freedom and power in the midst of chaos and control. 2 Recognition edit 2006: Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best book (South East Asia south Pacific) 2006: School Library journal Best book of the year 2006: Daniel Elliott peace Award 2006: Publishers weekly best Children's book of the year 2006: National Jewish book award for Children's. Printz honor book 5 The Printz award is given to the best book for teens, based only on the quality of the writing. 2007: book sense book of the year Award for Children's Literature film adaptation edit main article: The book thief (film) A film adaptation was released on november 2013. 6 It was directed by Brian Percival. Michael Petroni wrote the script. Geoffrey rush and Emily watson portrayed the hubermanns, ben Schnetzer was Max Vandenburg, nico liersch was Rudy Steiner, and Sophie nélisse was liesel Meminger. John Williams wrote the music soundtrack. 7 8 Much of the movie was filmed in Görlitz, germany.
Language, reading, and writing also serve as social markers. The wealthy citizens in the story are often portrayed as owning their own libraries and being literate, while the poor characters are illiterate and do not own any books. The nazi burning of books is also represented in the novel. Symbolically, liesel's continuous rescue of the books the nazis burn represents her reclaiming freedom and fight against being controlled by the nazis. 2 love edit In the midst of the damage that war, death, and loss have caused liesel and the other characters in the book, love is seen as an agent of change and freedom. Liesel overcomes her traumas by learning to love and be loved by her foster family and her friends. In the beginning of the novel, liesel is traumatized not only by the death of her brother and her separation from her only family, but also as a result of the larger issues regarding war-torn Germany and the destruction by the nazi party. As liesel's foster father Hans develops a relationship with gender her, healing and growth are a direct result. This pattern is reflected in the relational dynamic between the hubermann family and Max.
Because death narrates and explains the reasons behind each character's destruction, as well as explains how he feels that he must take the life of each character, pdf death is given a sense of care rather than fear. At one point, death states "even death has a heart which reaffirms that there is a care present in the concept of death and dying. 2 Language, reading, and writing edit These three things act as symbols of freedom and expression throughout the story. As symbolic elements, they provide liberation and identity to the characters who are able to wield their power. They also provide a framework lined for liesel's coming of age. In the beginning of the novel, she obtains a book at her brother's funeral, one that she is unable to read. As the story progresses, she slowly learns how to read and write because of the tutelage of her foster father Hans. At the end of the story, her character arc is heavily defined by her ability to read and write. The development of her literacy mirrors her physical growth and strength developing over the course of the story.
Paula meminger (Liesel's Mother) edit liesel's mother is only mentioned in the story a few times. Liesel's father was taken away by the nazi's prior to the novel starting because he was a communist, and the reason her mother paula meminger was taking both her children to foster care was to save them from nazi persecution. Liesel's mother met the same fate as her father, but liesel eventually realizes her mother gave her away to protect her. Mortality edit The book is introduced by the character/narrator death, which underlines that mortality is very present in the lives of each character. Throughout the novel, the deaths of prominent characters reaffirm the presence of mortality. Because the novel takes place during World War ii, death and genocide are nearly omnipresent in the novel. Death is presented in a manner that is less distant and threatening.
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Max Vandenburg edit a jewish fist-fighter who takes refuge from the nazi regime in the hubermann's basement. He is the son of a wwi german soldier who fought alongside hans Hubermann, and the two developed a close friendship during the war. He has brown, feather-like hair and swampy brown eyes. During the nazi reign of terror, hans agrees to shelter Max and hide him from the nazi party. During his stay at the hubermanns' house, max befriends liesel, because of their shared affinity for online words.
He writes two books for her and presents her with a sketchbook that contains his life story, which helps liesel to develop as a writer and reader, which, in turn, saves her life from the bombs. 1 Ilsa hermann edit The wife of the mayor of Molching who employs Rosa hubermann. She entered depression after the death of her only son in the Great War. Ilsa allows liesel to visit and read books in her personal library. She also gives liesel a little black book, which leads liesel to write her own story, "The book thief". 1 Werner Meminger edit liesel's little brother, who died suddenly on the train with his mother, while being transported to their foster parents.
1, he helps Max because max's father sacrificed himself to save hans in World War One. Rosa hubermann (Mama) edit, liesel's sharp-tongued, often abrasive, foster mother, she has a "wardrobe" build and a displeased face, brown-grey tightly-cinched hair often tied up in a bun, and "chlorinated" eyes. Despite her temper, she is a loving wife to hans and mother to liesel. To supplement the household income, she does washing and ironing for five of the wealthier households in Molching. Rudy Steiner edit, liesel's neighbor, rudy, has bony legs, blue eyes, lemon-colored hair and a penchant for getting in the middle of situations when he shouldn't.
Despite having the appearance of an archetypal German, he does not directly support the nazis. As a member of a relatively poor household with six children, rudy is habitually hungry. He is known throughout the neighborhood because of the " Jesse Owens incident in which he colored himself black with coal one night and ran one hundred meters at the local sports field. He is academically and athletically gifted, which attracts the attention of nazi party officials, leading to an attempted recruitment. His lack of support for the nazi party becomes problematic as the story progresses. Rudy becomes liesel's best friend, and eventually falls in love with her, always trying to get a kiss out of her.
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She is fostered by the hubermanns after her biological father "abandons" their family, her brother dies, and her mother is forced to send her to a foster home due to her belief ( communism which is forbidden at the time. Liesel is the "book thief" referred to in the title. Liesel is fascinated by the power of words, as shown in the"tion, "I have hated the words and I have loved them." She steals books from snow, fire, and the mayor's wife. 1, hans Hubermann (Papa) edit, liesel's foster father and husband of Rosa, hans is a former German soldier during. World War i, accordion player, and painter. He develops a close and loving relationship with liesel, and becomes a main source of strength and support for her throughout the novel. He, like liesel, doesn't have much experience with reading. Together, the two help each other with reading and write all the words they learn on a wall in the basement with his cans of white paint.
It was adapted into a 2013 feature film of the same name. After the death of liesel's younger brother on a train to sunday molching, liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, hans and Rosa hubermann, distraught and withdrawn. During her time there, she is exposed to the horrors of the. Nazi regime, caught between the innocence of childhood and the maturity demanded by her destructive surroundings. As the political situation in Germany deteriorates, her foster parents conceal a jewish fist fighter named Max Vandenburg. Hans, who has developed a close relationship with liesel, teaches her to read, first in her bedroom, then in the basement. Recognizing the power of writing and sharing the written word, liesel not only begins to steal books that the nazi party is looking to destroy, but also writes her own story, and shares the power of language with Max. Characters edit, liesel Meminger edit, the protagonist of the story is an adopted girl on the verge of adolescence, with blonde hair that is "a close enough brand of German blonde" and a "smile that is starving" when she shows. Her eyes, however, are brown.
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I found this book a bit of an eye opener. It is one of the first books about the war that I have read that is from somebody living in Germany's point of view. It makes you realise that so many people in Germany became victims of the war, that they weren't all evil as they are often portrayed. It is not the kind of story that has you crying one moment and laughing the next. The sadness surrounding liesel's story creeps up on you, until suddenly you realise that it was like this for so many, and how serious it was, and. In general reflection, The book thief leaves behind a sense of guilt, in some ways. Because it is the British bombs that are falling in Germany, the British who kill so many in the story and leave the reader's cheeks soaked in tears.
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The book thief tells the story of liesel, a little girl who is taken to a new home because her golf mother can't afford to take care of her. The story is told by death, who becomes a character you come to respect and even feel sorry for by the end. The narration puts an odd perspective on the story. Much of what death says is very philosophical, and even beautiful. The book thief is set in nazi germany, at the start of World War Two. On the journey to her new home, liesel's younger brother dies and she steals her first book: The Gravedigger's Handbook. When she arrives at her new home, she suddenly has a new mama and papa. Haunted every night by nightmares of her brother's death, liesel and her Papa set themselves the challenge of reading the book, liesel's last link to her brother.