Study Guide

The Book Thief Chapter 77

By Markus Zusak

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Chapter 77

The End of the World (Part 1)

  • Death is giving away the end of the story. First, it will be "raining on Himmel Street when the world ends for Liesel Meminger" (77.1).
  • Death hopes that Himmel Street wasn't bombed on purpose. Death asks, "No one would bomb a place named after heaven, would they?" (77.6).
  • Well, they do bomb Himmel Street while everybody Liesel knows on Himmel Street is sleeping.
  • Himmel Street is completely demolished.
  • The only survivor: Liesel.
  • She is in the basement editing her memoir, "the story of her own life" (77.12). Turns out the Hubermann basement is a deep enough bomb shelter after all.
  • To get the attention of the LSE (air raid cleanup squad) men above, she's "hammering a paint can with a pencil" (77.12).
  • The men move wreckage to find her.
  • A man asks her how she knew the air raid was coming when there was no alert.
  • (Because there was no alert, the people of Himmel Street didn't go to a bomb shelter.)
  • Liesel, who is holding onto a book, begins screaming for Hans.
  • She holds the book and looks for the people she loves.

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