A rescue crew finds her clutching a book and asks why she was in the basement, as the air raid sirens failed to go off in time. Also, by prematurely revealing the bombing and the deaths that it will cause, Death adds to the tension of the story, as well as to the sense of foreboding that the reader feels. Prologue and Part One Summary Death introduces himself as the narrator of the book. While Himmel Street sleeps, ''tin-can planes'' open up and miss their target, destroying the ''heavenly'' street - ''Himmel'' is heaven in German. How does the world end for her? The Ninety-Eighth Day It has been 97 happy days since Hans has returned home.
We were first are introduced to a girl who fell in love with books, before she even knew how to read one. In talking with Ilsa, Liesel learns that it is actually Ilsa's library, not the mayor's, and the idea that all these books belong to a woman excites Liesel. Rudy visits daily, but Liesel stays put. Liesel runs out to meet him. A soldier drags her away and throws her off. .
Liesel puts her hands on his face, soldiers break them up, and they retaliate with whippings where her hands once were. Death has posed the story of Liesel's life as one of many extraordinary tales of humanity that Death keeps for distraction from its often tragic work. Himmel translates as heaven, though the town is neither hellish nor heavenly. After months of scanning every passing group of prisoners, Liesel sees Max in one of the parades of Jews through Molching. By giving us the details of the bombings early, Death can later focus more on Liesel's emotional response to her discovery of Rudy's body, as well as the bodies of Hans and Rosa, and Hans's accordion. As the Sergeant notes, Hans survives by having the fortune to be a good gambler and a kind man. When she does see Rudy, she wants to thank him for caring for her, but doesn't actually say the words.
Background Photos The Book Thief has ended. After a few weeks, Frau Hubermann instructs Liesel to call her and her husband Mama and Papa. Liesel runs into the procession and latches onto Max. Hans' soul sits up and meets Death, passively ready to go; Hans' soul whispers Liesel's name, knowing that she is in the basement. Rudy, Rosa, Hans, Frau Holtzapfel, Frau Diller, and Tommy Muller died that day.
And that her story will continue for six. Throughout the book, many characters have wrestled with the responsibility they feel to the dead. Instead, she just sits at the kitchen table ignoring pleas from Michael, Rosa, and Liesel. Previously, words had saved her by giving her a powerful voice. Liesel tells her that if she doesn't come to the shelter, Liesel will stop coming to read to her and she will have lost her only friend; Frau Holtzapfel still refuses, so the others leave her for the Fiedlers' basement. The soldiers whip Max and Liesel. Liesel takes this to heart, and she starts writing that night in the basement.
The Rib-Cage Planes Liesel spends her nights writing in the basement, and their town is bombed three more times. Death travels to other streets, but returns to Himmel for a single man. Part Ten: The Book Thief The End of the World Part 1 Death is back to his old tricks of foreshadowing. He tells Liesel and Rosa about all that has happened to him, including the death of Reinhold Zucker. After seeing Max being marched to Dachau, Liesel gives up all hope, insisting that the world does not deserve the likes of Max or Alex Steiner.
She will tap a pencil against a paint can and men will hear her and dig her out from the rubble, still clutching the book. Rudy is surprised she told Max about him; inwardly Liesel wants Rudy to kiss her and realizes that she loves him. Learning of the state of the Holtzapfel's sons makes Rosa worry about her own son, another participant in the Russian bloodbath. In a note left behind addressed to Frau Holtzapfel, Michael tells her that he loves her, but he wants to be with his brother, Robert. The Second time the marching Jews entered the town, Max Vandenburg seas among them. She and her younger brother, Werner, are traveling by train with their mother towards Munich, where they will live with a foster family. She envisions Hans rise and play the accordion beautifully, a cigarette hanging from his lips.
Then, one morning Michael Holtzapfel is discovered to have hanged himself in a laundry. We also start to see Rosa emotionally deteriorate as she worriers about the undetermined fates of her husband and son. Ten nights later, Liesel is asleep in the basement and doesn't hear the air raid siren; Hans wakes her to go to the shelter. All are relieved, and they sit and listen to Liesel reading her story. Everyone dies sleeping except for Liesel, who is awake in the Hubermann's basement at the time of the raid. Liesel writes a letter to Ilsa, in which she apologizes for destroying a book and says she will never return to punish herself.
Liesel drops the accordion when she sees the corpses laid out on the street. Smitten with Liesel, Rudy suggests they race, and if he wins, he gets a kiss. It is her last visit. Summary Liesel tells Rosa and Hans about Max. We not only get to see her write about her life, we see a huge transformation as we look back. Confessions After the scene with Max, Liesel cannot speak. Liesel begins meeting her neighbors on Himmel Street, including her next door neighbor Rudy Steiner.
Rather than being stereotypically grim or creepy, Death presents himself as sensitive to color and light, and rather regretful about his unfortunate line of work. She also runs and drops her book to kiss him, signifying that although she did love books, she loved Rudy more. Rosa still sits with Hans' accordion and prays for the safe return of her husband and son. Analysis With Death as the unconventional, omniscient narrator of The Book Thief, the novel immediately establishes that the story will mix elements of fantasy with historical fact. On the way home, Rudy and Liesel eat much of the cookies before sharing them with a friend on Himmel Street. They see the dying pilot, and Rudy places a teddy bear on his shoulder. Death watches her as she is pulled from the rubble and sobs over each fallen friend and family member.