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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Literature and Writing Quotes

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Quote #1

The book thief has struck for the first time – the beginning of an illustrious career. (5.119)

By the end of the novel, Liesel does have a career – in reading the books she steals. She wins the love of fellow Himmel Streeters by reading to them during the air raids and expresses her love for Max by reading to him when he's in a coma. When she reads to Frau Holtzapfel, she actually earns flour and coffee for Rosa

Quote #2

Then they discovered she couldn't read or write. (7.25)

This is important to note, in terms of Liesel's growth and change throughout the novel.

Quote #3

Unofficially, it was called the midnight class, even though it commenced at around two in the morning. (7.30)

Liesel and Hans trade sleep for reading and writing, and the pleasure of one another's company. These activities help forge the tight bond between them.

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