Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 30 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
I am haunted by humans.. Death says all of these lines in the book, however the other three are all said in the opening few pages. Death tells us that he says this line ['I am haunted by humans'] to the book thief [Liesel] after she dies and he will say the same to us [in the book - not when we die].
Yes. They have two grown up children of their own - Trudy who is often called Trudel and Hans Jr who later falls out with his parents [especially his father] over their negative views of Nazi Germany.
Accordion. Hans would sometimes go to the local pub and play his accordion to earn some extra money for tobacco in addition to his painting profession.
Yes. Although she rarely speaks to Liesel she does very occasionally and at one point she even writes her a letter, giving her a dictionary and thesaurus with it.
Viktor Chemmel. After Arhur Burg leaves for Cologne, Viktor Chemmel becomes the new leader of the gang but Liesel and Rudy take an immediate dislike to him.
Andy Schmeikl is another member of the gang and Rudy beat up his brother.
Wenzel Gruber is the person Max Vandenburg first fought with.
Tommy Muller Lives on Himmel Street and often gets picked on.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph. In case you're unsure - Jesus Christ is the son of God, Mary is his mother and Joseph is his foster-father.
Jesse Owens. Jesse Owens was born on September 12, 1913 and died on March 31, 1980. He was an African American track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Ralph Metcalfe was the person he beat in the 100m, much to everyone's surprise.
Luz Long, another competitor from Germany, gave Owens some helpful advice on the long jump.
Cornelius Johnson was an African American athlete who Adolf Hitler refused to shake hands with at an awards ceremony.
The Whistler. Liesel steals 'The Whistler' with Rudy Steiner by going through the library window.
'The Shoulder Shrug' is the book that Liesel steals from the fire that is burning all of the propaganda against the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. However, the mayor's wife, Isla Hermann, sees her do it.
'The Standover Man' is the book that Max Vandenburg [the Jew hiding in her basement] makes for her whilst in the basement of Himmel Street.
'The Dream Carrier' is the second book Liesel steals from the mayor's library.
|'The Book Thief' is about the life of a young girl during a very difficult time in her country. Where and when is the book set?||'The Book Thief' - Markus Zusak
Germany, WWII. The main character of this book is named Liesel. Some other famous Liesels;
Liesel Vontrap : a character in the The Sound of Music - She is the eldest Von Trapp child and is in love with Rolf.
Liesel Pritzker : an American heiress and actress.
Liesel Westermann : a German athlete who competed mainly in the discus throw.
Liesel Litzenburger : a writer from Michigan.
Liesel Holler : the 2004 Miss Peru (for Miss Earth 2004).
Liesel Moak Skorpen : a children's author.
Sydney. Death goes to Sydney to pick up Liesel's soul. He states that she is one of those souls that sits up waiting for him to come because they accept their fate, because she has lived her life, got married, had children and grandchildren, and then it was time to go.
Liesel and Alex Steiner. Liesel was the only one ON Himmel Street at the time of the raid that survived, however Alex Steiner (Rudy's father), who was not on Himmel Street at the time of the air raid, lived on Himmel street. Liesel was writing in her book in the basement at the time of the raid and therefore was saved. The sirens were late, and so no one made it to their basements and they all died.
"TheStandover Man" and "The Word Shaker". Max gives Liesel "The Standover Man" and "The Word Shaker". He wrote them both. He gave "The Standover Man" to Liesel for her birthday, and "The Word Shaker" he gave to her mother to before he left to give to Liesel when she was ready to have it.
"The Whistler". Liesel reads "The Whistler". Her voice soothed the children, and everyone pays close attention to her reading. It takes their mind off the raid, for at any minute they might have been bombed.
Max. Max is a Jew that the Hubermann's hid. They did it because Hans Hubermann had promised the family of his deceased friend--from the first World War and who had taught him how to play the accordion--many years before that he would help them if they ever needed it. Max was the child of the Jewish family he promised to help. Little did he know he would have to risk his own life (as well as his family's) to help them.
Communist. Liesel's mother was arrested because she was accused of being a communist. In Nazi Germany, all communists were arrested and either sent to concentration camps or were executed. In the book, it is written "Kommunist", which is how it is said in German.
Nazi Germany. The story starts in 1939, at the beginning of WWII. The story is set in the city of Molching in Nazi Germany.
Death. Interestingly enough, Death is the narrator. It's mentioned on the back cover of the book. It's not everyday you read a book narrated by Death.
Yes. After Ed got the last card, the joker, with his address on it, a man got into his taxi and had him drive to all of the places he delivered messages to. Then he had him drive home. The man was the bank robber from the beginning of the book. When Ed went inside there was a young man sitting on his couch. He told him the whole story of why he did what he did. The man wanted to know that anyone could do something like Ed did. He left Ed a folder with all of his notes in it.
soccer. The Sledge Game is played each year in the summer. Marv, Ed, and Ritchie play most years. Ed had to knock down the huge man that he was playing against. On the day of the game, Ed got the third card.
kiss Ed's dog on the lips. It was supposed to be Marv's year to hold the annual Christmas card game at his house, but he didn't want to. He does not like buying things. Ed said that he would have the game at his house but he had to kiss the Doorman. Marv kissed the dog on the lips and Ed took a picture.
He had to buy her an ice cream.. Once a week, Angie would buy her kids an ice cream, but she never bought one for herself. It was an easy message for Ed to deliver. He gave her two flavors on a waffle cone. On Christmas, when Angie saw him, she gave him an ice cream in thanks.
He stopped a bank robber.. At the very beginning of the book Ed and his friends are on the floor in the bank while the bank robber gets the money. When the bank robber was leaving he dropped the gun that he had. Ed ran after him, picked up the gun, and stopped him. The bank robber ended up being part of the whole thing.
aces. Ed got one ace for each of the four suits. The first card, the ace of diamonds, had three addresses on it. The second card, the ace of clubs, had a message on it. The ace of spades, which was the third one he got, had three authors on it. The last ace he got, the ace of hearts, had three movies on it. The last card he got, though, was a joker with his address on it.
the Doorman. The Doorman is seven years old and part Rottweiler and part German Shepard. He is called the Doorman because he always sits right next to the door. In the book, Ed translates what he is saying. Ed takes him for walks a lot and gives him coffee.
taxi driver. Ed Kennedy is the main character of the book. He is an underage taxi driver. He works for the Vacant Taxis. He is only nineteen, but he should be twenty to be a cab driver. Throughout the book he drives his taxi.
Australia. The book takes place in a small town near Sydney, Australia. Although it is fall and winter in the book, it is Australia's summer. Readers could be confused because the characters speak a lot like they do in England.