The Book Thief Notable Quotes and Response 1. “… it was raining on Himmel Street when the world ended for Liesel Meminger. The sky was dripping. Like a tap that a child has tried it’s hardest to turn off but hasn’t quite managed. ” (Pg. 497) ~Its important because it shows that she’s like a child in the big world, a child couldn’t turn off a tap just like she couldn’t turn off the rain and change the events that had happened. 2. She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Liesel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like the regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist’s suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers. Her hands were trembling, her lips were fleshy, and she leaned in once more, this time losing control and misjudging it. Their teeth collided on the demolished world of Himmel Street. ” (Pg. 36) ~ I thought that this was one the most detailed quote throughout the entire novel because it described the plot character and setting to the dot so that if you were to close your eyes you would be able to picture this scene happening between Rudy and Liesel in your head.
3. “He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world. She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain. ” (Pg. 0) ~This quote was very important towards the novel because it Zusak had a habit of leaving a “gem” on every page. Each important quote shows details so that the reader is able to picture a vivid image of the event being described. I love this quote because it seemed to describe the book in a nutshell. It describes Hitler and Liesel and compares them and it is like Hitler was the everlasting drought and Liesel and her words were the long anticipated rain that leads life to prosper again. 4. “Upon her arrival, you could still see the bite marks of snow on her hands and the frosty blood on her fingers.
Everything about her was undernourished. Wirelike shins. Coat hanger arms. She did not produce it easily, but when it came, she had a starving smile. ” (Pg. 31) ~Yet again this quote, from the beginning of the book, describes details through metaphors, similes and other literary elements. It shows that Zusak is more than capable of breathing life into his words so this novel is more than just a story. While reading the novel, I was able to picture every event in my head without not understanding what was happening during the scenes throughout.
It was the most developed and plot structured books that I have ever read. 5. “There were the erased pages of Mein Kampf, gagging, suffocating under the paint as they turned. ” (Pg. 237) ~Max whitewashes pages of Hitler’s propaganda book Mein Kampf and draws an entirely new story upon them: a brief retelling of his life, his family’s persecution by the Nazis, and his friendship with Liesel. Just as Hans used the same copy of Mein Kampf to help bring Max to safety, Max boldly transforms Nazi ideology into compassion. 6. “Blood leaked from her nose and licked at her lips. Her eyes had blackened.
Cuts had opened up and a series of wounds were rising to the surface of her skin. All from words. From Liesel’s words. ” (Pg. 253) ~ Liesel explodes at Ilsa Hermann, calling her pathetic and telling her to get over the death of her son. She imagines Ilsa’s face becoming physically battered by Liesel’s harsh truth. Liesel later comes to regret her tirade, as she realizes the power of words to inflict harm on others. 7. “Sometimes I imagined how everything looked above those clouds, knowing without question that the sun was blond, and the endless atmosphere was a giant blue eye. (Pg. 350) ~ Carrying souls from the gas chamber in Auschwitz, Death imagines the setting of the sky beyond the rain clouds that hover over the death camp. In the face of tremendous tragedy, Death is hopeful that beyond the horrors taking place on Earth, there exists a true and unquestionable hope. The “giant blue eye” is potentially a watchful and just God, whose sight has been blurred while the Nazis are massacring His People. 8. “Liesel told him that she had kissed Rudy’s lips. It embarrassed her, but she thought he might of liked to know.
There were wooden teardrops and an oaky smile. In Liesel’s vision, the sky was gray and glossy. A silver afternoon. ”(Pg. 547) ~ This is one of the closing quotes of the book and describes Liesel’s character perfectly because it shows her gentleness and her personality shines through. This quote is a perfect example of metaphors and similes done right by a great author giving contrast between the depictions and the descriptions. Leaves the story with Zusaks footprint of imagery and