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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief Chapter 47 Summary
Thirteen Presents For Liesel, it's like waiting for Max to wake up when he first arrived, all over again. She knows he's alive, because his beard is growing. Later, Death will remember visiting Max that night. Death almost takes him, but Max fights off Death. After five days of this, Max wakes up again, just long enough to eat. In another week, he wakes up again. Even though Liesel begs, he drifts back to sleep. After this, Liesel reads The Whistler to Max. Sadly, she has to skip some of the chapter; the pages got stuck together when the book dried. Every day she rushed home after school to check on him. One day, Rosa makes her go back out and play. Rudy's really happy to have her back. Their soccer ball gets squished by a car, and Liesel takes it as a present for Max. Liesel goes home and presents it to the sleeping Max. She wants to scream and put her hand on him to wake him. But she doesn't do these things. Liesel finds thirteen gifts for Max. She hopes they will wake him. After the soccer ball, Liesel brings Max a feather, newspapers, a candy wrapper, a description of a cloud, toy soldier, and a leaf. The second to the last gift is reading to the end of The Whistler. It ends with the whistler (the killer trying to escape from the police) on a train, thinking about the body of the dead detective he'd left behind in Vienna. Liesel's last gift is her tears. She cries on Max's face. Rosa understands and comforts her.
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