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THE BOOK THIEF
a small story
Liesel Meminger THE RIB-CAGE PLANES
Her hand was sore by page three.
Words are so heavy, she thought, but as the night wore on, she was able to complete eleven pages.
I try to ignore it, but I know this all
started with the train and the snow and my
coughing brother. I stole my first book that
day. It was a manual for digging graves and
I stole it on my way to Himmel Street. . . .
She fell asleep down there, on a bed of drop sheets, with the paper curling at the edges, up on the taller paint
can. In the morning, Mama stood above her, her chlorinated eyes questioning.
“Liesel,” she said, “what on earth are you doing down here?”
“I’m writing, Mama.”
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.” Rosa stomped back up the steps. “Be back up in five minutes or you get the bucket
Every night, Liesel made her way down to the basement. She kept the book with her at all times. For hours, she
wrote, attempting each night to complete ten pages of her life. There was so much to consider, so many things
in danger of being left out. Just be patient, she told herself, and with the mounting pages, the strength of her
writing fist grew.
Sometimes she wrote about what was happening in the basement at the time of writing. She had just finished the
moment when Papa had slapped her on the church steps and how they’d “heil Hitlered” together. Looking
across, Hans Hubermann was packing the accordion away. He’d just played for half an hour as Liesel wrote.
Papa sat with me tonight. He brought the
accordion down and sat close to where Max
used to sit. I often look at his fingers and
face when he plays. The accordion breathes.
There are lines on his cheeks. They look drawn
on, and for some reason, when I see them,
I want to cry. It is not for any sadness or
pride. I just like the way they move and
change. Sometimes I think my papa is an
accordion. When he looks at me and smiles
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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