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The Book Thief

The Book Thief


by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief Literature and Writing Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

From a Himmel Street window, he wrote, the stars set fire to my eyes. (55.78)

This is Max, writing in his scrap book, expressing how it felt to see the stars for the first time since he's come to Himmel Street. In fact, he hasn't seen anything of the outside world. The passage is an intense expression of his confined state.

Quote #8

Out of respect, the adults kept everyone quiet, and Liesel finished chapter one of The Whistler. (56.30)

Liesel is becoming "the word shaker." She's finding ways to use words for good, like here, when she comforts the people in the bomb shelter by reading to them.

Quote #9

The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn't be any of this. Without words, the Führer was nothing. (82.28)

In this moment, Liesel is so disillusioned with the words that she tears up a book. What do you think about her statement, though. Is it true that Hitler needed words to do what he did?

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