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The Book Thief Themes
After encountering Max being forced on the way to a concentration camp, Liesel becomes hopeless and disdainful of the written word, seeing Hitler's words as the source of her suffering. Ilsa Hermann gives her a blank book and encourages her to write; Liesel writes the story of her life, containing both tragedy and beauty, at a fevered pace.
The Book Thief Quotes
Newspaper headlines reveled in it. Feeding the Jewish prisoners on their way to Thuef is obviously considered a crime by the Nazi guards? She's at the Hitler's birthday celebration book burning, of course! Every other word was either Saumensch or Saukerl or Arschloch 6!
We will not rest. Find yourself a mirror while I continue. Or I'd throw them over my shoulder. I'm always finding humans at their best and worst.
The Book Thief
Max Vandenburg […] closed his eyes and drooped a little further into safety. She wins the love of fellow Himmel Streeters by reading to them thieef the air raids and expresses her love for Max by reading to him when he's in a coma. At school, Rudy made a special point of seeking Liesel out during the breaks. Maybe we take our libraries for granted these days. I'll never drink champagne.
I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day. I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.