The Book Thief by Markus ZusakIt is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brothers graveside, Liesels life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravediggers Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayors wifes library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesels foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesels world is both opened up, and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
The Book Thief
Percival, who makes gorgeous use of warm, natural light, and presents compositions stirringly evocative of the era, regards strewn pages like snow or ash, watching them flutter, discarded, amid more mass burnings and raids of Jewish ghettos. When it comes time for Max to leave Liesel with a gift, he passes her his copy of Mein Kampf , whose pages he whitewashes so Liesel can fill them with healthier words. While its characters may appear to be, and often behave as, stereotypical rednecks and bumbling small-town cops, the film approaches them not with contempt, but with a bemused kind of empathy, finding a very human vulnerability lurking beneath their strange and oafish behaviors. Make no mistake, the people in the film do some pretty bizarre things. And so they do, shotgunning beers, smoking tons of weed, shooting off fireworks, and firing rifles in a raucous intoxicated haze, all of which is captured in elegiac slow motion, and lit with chiaroscuro beauty. But The Death of Dick Long withholds the truly freaky stuff these guys get up to that night until nearly an hour into its running time. All we know is that somehow this evening of country-fried debauchery results in a fatal injury to Dick, whose near-dead body Zeke and Earl unceremoniously dump at the local hospital.
Except for the Nazi flags hanging from every building, the town, under a glistening blanket of snow, could be the cozy setting for a holiday greeting card. The pieces of the story, which begins in , are so neatly arranged that the movie has the narrative flow and comforting familiarity of a beloved fairy tale. And late in the movie, the town is leveled by bombs. Although the damage is catastrophic, the bodies laid out on the street seem untouched, as if the victims were fast asleep and ready for instant transport to heaven. He plays the accordion, and even in the darkest moments, its lilt conveys a spirit of bonhomie. His wife, Rosa Emily Watson , is a fearful scold when Liesel meets her for the first time. But a soft heart beats under the surface.
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The film is based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak and adapted by Michael Petroni. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. The film features a musical score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams. The film received mixed reviews upon its theatrical release with some reviewers praising its "fresher perspective on the war" and its focus on the "consistent thread of humanity" in the story,  with other critics faulting the film's "wishful narrative". In February , a male voice, representing Death itself, tells about how the young Liesel Meminger has piqued his interest. In one of the opening scenes, twelve-year-old Liesel is traveling with her mother and younger brother on a train.