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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 :


    1. the last time she saw her brother

    2. the last time she saw her mother


    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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    - My name is Liesel Meminger. I don't have a or even a place to call HOME. I never understood the meaning of the word HOPE. But I'm about to meet the who would change all that.
    - Come, meet your new .
    - Your Majesty …
    - From now on you call me Mama, ya? And that lazy pig over there, you call him Papa
    - Your first book? Are you sure this is yours?
    - It wasn't always mine.
    - Can't you even read yet? Go on! Read one word!
    - I'm not such a good reader myself, you know. We'll have to help each other out.
    - I have very important to tell you, Liesel.
    - Who is he, Papa?
    - His name's Max. He needs help. I need you to promise me that you will not tell .
    - Heil!
    - Is that your book?
    - It wasn't always mine.
    - Mama, they're coming. They're checking . - If anyone saw him, they would take you away from me. And they cannot tell you what they will do to him. Words will inspire her.
    - If your could speak, what would they say? will guide her.
    - You're hiding someone, aren't you?

    - Can we trust her? She's a child.
    - She's our . Hope will define her.
    - I can’t lose someone else.
    - You’ve kept me alive. Don’t ever forget that.
    - You're stealing books? Why?
    - When life robs you, sometimes you have to rob it back.
    - Words are life, Liesel. All those , they're for you to fill.

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