"The Book Thief" - Rubbing shoulders with death

Marlen 2022-04-20 09:01:40

An Austrian writer named Max Susack wrote a book called The Book Thief after he graduated. In this book, the narrator of its story is a god of death. He served Adolf Hitler, collecting the souls of the dead on the war-torn European continent.

In 1943, the death god found a discarded book in the ruins of the German suburb of Molchen, which was written by a little German girl who stayed up late in the basement of her adoptive parents' house.

The book, titled "The Book Thief," chronicles her small-town life from the age of 9 to 13. The little girl's name is Liesel Heminger - a book thief who loves to steal books.

All the stories about Liesel Heminger have to start from the train that goes to the small town of Molchen in the winter. On that train, Death met the little girl for the first time and took away her brother's frozen soul in her mother's arms.

And then for a long time the little girl had to face not only the recurring nightmares of her brother's death and the passing of her mother at night, but also the misery and misery of her life on Hamilton Street in this impoverished town. The warmth and the silent deaths of her adoptive parents, neighbors, close friends and the disintegration and shattering of Hitler's dreams of the Third Reich.

In this book by Max Susack, the first book that little girl Liesel Heminger stole is called The Gravedigger's Handbook, a book that slipped and fell on the gravedigger at her brother's funeral. The black booklet on the snow was the enlightenment she began to yearn to understand the text.

Two years later, when she was eleven years old, her adoptive father, Hans Hubermann, took her to a rally where Jewish books were burned in the town on Hitler's birthday. Surviving books, this is the second book she stole - "Shrugged Shoulders".

The books she later stole were related to one of her adoptive parents' employers, the mayor's wife, Ilsa Herman. This cold and tragic woman who had lost her child and was always silent provides Liesel with more opportunities to contact books after witnessing the whole process of book thieves stealing books. She deliberately opened a window of her own home for her, allowing book thieves to read and steal more books in her study.

In this book by Max Susack, stealing, reading and writing run through the entire experience of the little girl Liesel during World War II in Germany:

because of reading, Liesel and her adoptive father forged a father and daughter that could not be separated. Family affection; because of the theft, she and Rudis Danner, the little boy in the lead family, became the best friend and the most reliable friend in need; because of reading and writing, she and the Jewish boxer Max Vandenberg hidden in the basement of her house Encourage each other and warm each other, lighting up the most moving and fiery flame between two tiny souls in the dark.

It's hard to believe, but even in such a bloody and brutal war environment and an almost genocidal wave of anti-Semitism, the little girl Liesel Heminger was fortunate enough to be able to have a gentle and upright father and a tyrannical appearance. Under the education and care of his mother, Xiaoyi enjoys the warmth of human nature and experiences the beauty of life.

All good things were shattered until the night Liesel fell asleep from exhaustion while writing her first book, The Book Thief, in the basement of her adoptive parents' house. On that night, the god of death and countless bombs descended from the sky at the same time, the small town of Morchin was in ruins, and all those who were deeply tormented and physically tormented accepted the quietest death in their sleep. And Liesel Heminger, who survived in the end, became the luckiest person and the loneliest book thief in the ruins of Hamilton Street.

I remember Liesel wrote this sentence at the end of the book "The Book Thief": I hated words and loved words. I hope I can use them just right.

It's just that people play with words, how many people can write just the right words? They are so contradictory. Sometimes it can be as beautiful as Liesel reciting words in a dugout to soothe people's restless minds, and sometimes it can be as provocative and bloody as Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Even death said: I'm constantly overestimating or underestimating them, humans are so elusive to me.

The film adaptation is relatively general, the plot is basically faithful to the original, and it is a pity that some important scenes are not shown. Compared with the original work, in addition to the lack of depth in the shaping of the characters, there is still a lot of deviation in the portrayal of the characters. Personal score 7, it is recommended to read the original.

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Extended Reading

The Book Thief quotes

  • Max Vandenburg: So... How is Rudy?

    Liesel Meminger: I don't know. Rudy is a pain in the neck.

    Max Vandenburg: The only thing worse than a boy you hate, is a boy you like, right?

  • Rudy Steiner: Are you coming?

    Liesel Meminger: Where are you going to?

    Rudy Steiner: Isn't it obvious? I'm running away.

    Liesel Meminger: Have you thought this through?

    Rudy Steiner: Ya. I don't want to die. There - all thought through.

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