There have been so many stories about the World War II in Germany that every time I got emotional. The subject of “The Book Thief” is as more touching as is it told from the perspective of a young German girl, who is adopted by a new family and starts learning how to read and write, next to her step-father, in the coldness of the basement. Around the main character, Markus Zusak, the author, contours other important personas, who will play a critical role in Liesel’s growth.
Liesel, between nightmares and her love for books
Liesel is nine years old and after her birth mother has been accused of being a communist, the girl was given up for adoption to another German family.
Her life changes after, in front of the classroom, she feels ashamed because she doesn’t know how to write, nor to read. This is the moment when her only will is to have books and to start reading as much as she can.
The learning process becomes easy as her step-father becomes her teacher. Every night, when Liesel had nightmares, Hans and his little girl learned new letters and combined words in her first phrases.
Max, the refugee with a twin soul for Liesel
Max, a Jew refugee who bill be hidden by the Liesel’s family in the cold basement of their house, becomes girl’s companion for reading, learning and confronting the nightmares. In the coldness of the basement, under the terror of Nazi army possibly finding Max, the author contours an everlasting friendship story.
The stolen books
I kept this to the end, trying not to spoil anything because the story is too beautiful not to be discovered by any of you. On her desire to read as many books as possible, Liesel steals books. The first one from the gravedigger, at the funeral of her own brother, then from a demonstration of Nazi soldiers and many others from the mayor’s wife library.
The lecture of “The Book Thief” is full of upside downs and feelings. From love to angriness, the sadness of losing a brother and fulfillment of getting a new best friend, all combined with the war atmosphere, the book has a story hard to be forgotten.
“The Book Thief” has been screened in 2013, stepping from the pages of Markus Zusak story.
Trailer of “The Book Thief” (2013)