Book Summary: The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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The title of this book is The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak, and this book is The extraordinary New York Times #1 Bestseller. The genre of the book is historical novel and the narrator is the Death, which describes not only all the main characters’ thoughts and emotions but also his own thoughts and feelings about the humans.

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The story takes place in the German town of Molching, a suburb of Munich during the World War II, from1939 to 1943. The story is about the book thief, Liesel Meminger, a German girl in age of 9, who was sent to her foster family, Rosa and Hans by her real mother due to some difficulties. She steals many books from the very beginning to the end, however, she is not a thief in a
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A little girl, who loved reading in her favorite bookstore, was trying to help Mrs. Wades to keep her bookstore open by organizing a block party to raise money. Just like Liesel, Destiny wrote her own book to Mrs. Wade as a gift.
Second, this book tells us about people’ kindness, and at the same time emphasizes their cruelty. The examples of kindness would be Rudy giving the teddy bear to the dying pilot or diving after Liesel’s book thrown by Viktor in the river; Hans giving a piece of bread to a starving Jew on the street and taking his Jewish neighbor side when he was taken by the Nazi; mayor’s wife inviting Liesel to read in her library for free and even letting her steal her books. Viktor Chemmel and Franz Deutcher are examples of cruel personalities; concentration camps give us goose bumps on the very sound of the word itself.
We can also observe different examples of love: Rudy’s love for Liesel, Max and Liesel’s love through friendship, Han’s parental love for Liesel. I could feel love between the characters even though they were swearing at each other. Love will always be present despite the war, damage, death and

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