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The Book Thief

The Book Thief


by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief Chapter 83 Summary

The Rib-Cage Planes

  • The first lines of The Book Thief are about seeing her brother die, stealing The Grave Diggers Handbook, and being on her way to Himmel Street.
  • She writes eleven pages before Rosa threatens her with the bucket of cold water if she doesn't come to bed.
  • Liesel continues this routine for ten nights, each night writing ten pages.
  • On the tenth night there's an air raid. Liesel has written one hundred and two pages. She's in the basement when Hans comes down to take her to the bomb shelter.
  • The next air raid happens on October 2, 1942. Liesel has finished her book and is editing it in the basement. There are just a few blank pages left.
  • Death says, "The book was divided in ten parts, all of which were given the title of books or stories and described how each affected her life" (83.14).
  • (A-ha! If we look back over the section titles, we find this to be true of Death's book The Thief as well!)
  • Death wonders, "what page she is up to when […] when the first bomb dropped from the ribcage of a plane" (83.15).
  • Death quotes the last line of Liesel's book, "I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right" (83.17).

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