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A novel by Markus Zusak : The Book Thief
Separated from her mother, Liesel lives with her foster parents in Molching, a small town on the road to Dachau.
Throughout the weeks and months, she learns reading and writing with her new father, steals several books because she loves words, and takes care of a Jewish man hidden in their basement.
What doesn't appear in the movie is that the written story is fully narrated by a character named 'Death'.
Death is not a character equipped with a sickle to cut down our lives, as it is usually the case in most allegories, but depicts himself as the one who ‘takes away our souls' when we die.
He says :“I most definitively can be cheerful, amiable, affable… Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.” And he adds :“..at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible.
Your soul will be in my arms. I will carry you gently away.”'Death' is humorous, observant, and ‘haunted by humans'.
That surprising 'Death' is not the only originality of Markus Zusak's writing.Before the different parts of his book he offers an imaginative and poetic announcement of what lies in the coming chapters, a sort of summary , like :
PART FOUR THE STANDOVER MAN featuring the accordionist - a promise-keeper - a good girl - a Jewish fist-fighter - the Wrath of Rosa - a lecture - a sleeper - the Swapping of Nightmares - and some pages from the basement.
Another singularity of Zusak's writing is how Death often interrupts his telling and gives us some direct remarks, like :
THE BOOK'S MEANING :
1. the last time she saw her brother
2. the last time she saw her mother
Or : A SMALL QUESTION AND ITS ANSWER
And who do you think was made to clean the spit off the door each night ? Yes – you got it.
Or : SOME OTHER SMALL FACTS : Sometimes I arrive too early. I rush, and some people cling longer to life than expected
Or even : A NICE THOUGHT : One was a book thief.
The other stole the sky.
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