Deception, ironically, can sometimes help bring to light the incoherent or uncanny. In the novel “The Book Thief”, Zusak deceives or lies to the reader in an effort to make them grasp the enormity and impact of the Holocaust. Furthermore, Zusak is trying to get the reader questioning human ethicality. The story follows a working-class […]

Dishonesty seems to be a key component of what makes the genre of magical realism so unique. In studying: the novel “The Book Thief” and contrasting it to another work, (which we defined in class was a work of magical realism), 2012 film “Life Of Pi”, A apparent similarity can be found that is: the […]

In times of grief or distress, one will try to rationalize the inequitable nature of the world, by explaining it in story. “This time she did not reach out, she stopped. Somewhere inside of her were the souls of words. They climbed out and stood beside her.” The person mentioned here is Liesel as she […]

Zusak’s mother is of Austrian origins. And his father is German. The theme chosen for the Book Thief was not coincidental. Perhaps the Book Thief served as his own tool for coping with the idea of the Holocaust. Zusak talks of his parent’s traumatic stories on the matter, his mother, age 6, had seen happen […]

Gratefullness Franz Roh was first to coin the term “Magical Realism” in German 1925, so post First World War. He claimed that Magic Realism, as well as post-modernism (Which he believed were synonymous), could be a tool for regaining the ability to enjoy life’s actions under a magical light. Trying to make connections and seeing […]

“This time she did not reach out, she stopped. Somewhere inside of her were the souls of words. They climbed out and stood beside her.” The person mentioned is Liesel as she spots Max in a Jewish caravan passing through Molching heading to Camp Dachau. This is her second attempt of reaching through to Max […]

Dear Mr Waugh, My name is Gary and I am a fond user of a spell checker. I am a poor swimmer as I can breathe through my ears. All my past English teachers have told me I don’t speak up enough during a class conversation. This is because I don’t like being the center […]

Liesel and Max are on the same wavelength as they both arrived to their host family in a state of panic. When Rosa gets buckets of water for Max to clean itself : “The Jew was filthy”

The book is set in Nazi Germany from 1939 to the end of the war in 1942. More specifically in the fictional town of Molching near to non-fictional concentration camp Dachau. The political climate was one of Much of the setting is based around snow, and white is almost always represented as so. Often, with […]