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Just don’t kick me in the eggs.
That’s what he was thinking, but he didn’t tell Liesel that. It was nearly four years later that he offered that
For now, Rudy and Liesel made their way onto Himmel Street in the rain.
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 the rain. PART TWO
the shoulder shrug
a girl made of darkness—the joy of cigarettes—
a town walker—some dead letters—hitler’s birthday—
100 percent pure german sweat—the gates of thievery—
and a book of fire A GIRL MADE OF DARKNESS
SOME STATISTICAL INFORMATION
First stolen book: January 13, 1939
Second stolen book: April 20, 1940
Duration between said stolen books: 463 days
If you were being flippant about it, you’d say that all it took was a little bit of fire, really, and some human
shouting to go with it. You’d say that was all Liesel Meminger needed to apprehend her second stolen book,
even if it smoked in her hands. Even if it lit her ribs.
The problem, however, is this:
This is no time to be flippant.
It’s no time to be half watching, turning around, or checking the stove—because when the book thief stole her
second book, not only were there many factors involved in her hunger to do so, but the act of stealing it
triggered the crux of what was to come. It would provide her with a venue for continued book thievery. It would
inspire Hans Hubermann to come up with a plan to help the Jewish fist fighter. And it would show me, once
again, that one opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to
In a way, it was destiny.
You see, people may tell you that Nazi Germany was built on anti-Semitism, a somewhat overzealous leader,
and a nation of hate-fed bigots, but it would all have come to nothing had the G...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
- Winter '13