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[[quoteright:233:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/book_thief.jpg]] ->''It's just a small story really, about, amongst other things: ->* a girl, ->* an accordionist, ->* some fanatical Germans, ->* a Jewish fist fighter, ->* and quite a lot of thievery. ->I saw the book thief three times.'' -->--'''[[LemonyNarrator Death]]''', from the prologue ->"Here is a small fact. You are going to die." --[[DontFearTheReaper Death]] on the first page Set in WWII-era Germany, The Book Thief tells the story of a twelve year old girl called Liesel Meminger, the eponymous book thief, living with her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. This book is entirely narrated from the perspective of Death--[[LemonyNarrator who has surprisingly witty and dry sense of humor]] (and uses beautiful metaphors a lot). Written by Markus Zusak. [[{{TearJerker}} Keep some tissues handy.]] ---- !!This work provides examples of: * AlliterativeName: Hans Hubermann. * AlmostKiss: [[ShipTease Liesel to Rudy]] when they're celebrating his birthday in his father's shop. * TheAtoner: Ilsa Hermann is a version of this, never lighting fires, always opening windows, constantly living in a cold, dreary house because of how [[spoiler: her son froze to death]]. * AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Even though Hans and Rosa are locked in TheMasochismTango, Hans brings eggs back to Rosa and genuinely cares for her, while Rosa prayed for Hans' safety with his accordion every night [[spoiler: when he was sent to war]]. * BerserkButton: DO NOT call Liesel stupid. She'll kill you. * {{Blackface}}: Rudy, earlier in the book. But it's an homage to Jesse Owens and Rudy's father sets him straight. ** It should be noted that the issue here isn't that [[{{DeliberateValuesDissonance}} anyone's concerned about offending black people,]] it's that Rudy's a boy growing up in NaziGermany and this kind of behavior could get him in serious trouble. * BrevityIsWit: Several sections of Death's narration is this: -->Sister Maria. -->Was not impressed. * CannotSpitItOut: Liesel to Rudy. ''Just kiss him, already.'' * CasanovaWannabe: Rudy to Liesel. Yep, even as a kid. And [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by our [[LemonyNarrator narrator]]: -->Rudy Steiner was one of those audacious little bastards who actually ''fancied'' himself with the ladies. Every childhood seems to have exactly such a little juvenile in its midst and mists. He's the boy who refuses to fear the opposite sex, purely because everyone else chooses to embrace that fear... * ClusterFBomb: Rosa Hubermann is ''very'' prone to this. And Pfiffikus makes Rosa, in the book's own words, 'look like a saint and a wordsmith'. * CoversAlwaysLie: A lot of versions of the cover depict a scythe-wielding hooded Death. Y'know, ''exactly'' like how Death specified he/she DIDN'T look like? * DaddysGirl: Liesel, after the adoption. * DisappearedDad: Liesel has never met or seen her biological father. * [[DontFearTheReaper Don't Fear the Reaper]]: Death, the narrator, is amusing, non-linear and rather compassionate towards humans, particularly the other main characters. He even describes cradling the souls of particularly vulnerable or sad people, like children or the Jews killed in the death camps, in his arms. Given that it's a book about World War II, the "amusing" part takes a sharp turn. The death camp scenes, unsurprisingly, are particularly bad. * [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Himmel Street is bombed. [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Everybody except Liesel dies]]. This might verge on a BittersweetEnding, though, considering that Max lives through concentration camp and comes back.]] * [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Michael Holtzapfel.]] * DumbBlonde: Played with with Rudy Steiner. He isn't exactly an idiot, but with the way he acts, [[ObfuscatingStupidity it's hard to tell at times]], so he kind of falls in GeniusDitz territory as well. * [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: Liesel is the only one to survive when Himmel Street is bombed.]] * FirstKiss: A sad example here: [[spoiler: Liesel and Rudy have their first kiss when she sees Rudy's body being carted out of the rubble and hopes to wake him up with the kiss he's been always dreaming of.]] * ForTheEvulz: Basically why Viktor Chemmel steals from farmers, even though he's a well-provided for rich boy. * ForegoneConclusion: About half way through the book, Death accidently spoils that [[spoiler: Rudy dies]] because he is bad at mystery. It's still a TearJerker. ** The ending itself is a ForegoneConclusion as well, as Death warns in the early pages that [[SnicketWarningLabel Liesel's story doesn't have a happy ending.]] * HappilyAdopted: Liesel. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Hans prompts Liesel to say this about Rudy. * HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Liesel goes into one after Himmel Street is bombed.]] ** [[spoiler: And before, Liesel has a minor breakdown after she sees Max being sent to the concentration camp in Dachau.]] ** Hans does as well [[spoiler: when he gives a Jewish man in the "parade" bread, after he is [[WhipItGood whipped]]]]. * HonorAmongThieves: Arthur Berg and his apple-stealing troupe. -->'''Arthur''' (after [[spoiler: Rudy and Liesel have stolen from Otto Sturm]]): We'll get the others. We might be criminals, but we're not totally immoral. * IncurableCoughOfDeath: Sort of. It's not explained why Werner died (it's hinted he was ill) but right before he did so he was overcome by a violent coughing fit. * IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Liesel ends up writing a memoir about her experiences. [[spoiler: Then, Death picks it up, which is how we get the story. When he meets Liesel at the end of her life, he gives the memoir back to her.]] * {{Jerkass}}: Viktor Chemmel will always give you the inexplicable urge to punch him in his smug face. ** Also Franz Deutcher, Rudy's Hitler Youth leader. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rosa Hubermann. The narration itself states that she really does love Liesel, but she doesn't quite know how to show it. [[HonorAmongThieves Arthur Berg]] also counts, especially compared to [[{{Jerkass}} his successor]]. Death is more of a DeadpanSnarker with a heart of gold. * [[BatmanInMyBasement Jew In My Basement]] * KidAnova: Rudy. * [[spoiler: KillEmAll: Almost the entire cast in one scene, giving us quite the DownerEnding.]] * LemonyNarrator: The entire thing is narrated by Death. He has quite a unique voice. * LethalChef: Rosa Hubermann's cooking is ''horrible''. * MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Liesel and Max might have gotten together at the end. Or not.]] * MissingMom: Liesel's mother * NaiveNewcomer: Liesel * NaziGermany * NeverGotToSayGoodbye: This happens to Liesel a ''lot''. [[spoiler: She never got to say goodbye to her mother, to Max Vandenburg, hell, to ''everyone on Himmel Street''.]] * NoFourthWall: Death frequently addresses the audience directly. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Again, ''do not call Liesel stupid.'' * NoodleIncident: The infamous Jesse Owens incident is mentioned a couple of times. Subverted in that later, Rudy tells Liesel about the incident in such detail that she can now picture it perfectly in her head. * OddFriendship: Liesel and Max end up bonding over a number of things, including fists, trains, words, and their respective dead relatives. * OhAndXDies: Several times over. * PerpetualPoverty: Himmel Street isn't one of the better parts of town... * SnicketWarningLabel: Death warns at the beginning that the story doesn't have a happy ending. * SnowMeansDeath: Liesel's little brother dies on the way to Himmel Street and is given a hasty burial in the snow. ** Hans and Rosa's son is sent to Stalingrad, which inevitably invokes this trope. * TheGrimReaper: Subverted. At one point, Death even [[LampShade lampshades]] this trope by telling us how amusing the whole 'grim reaper with scythe and cloak' thing is. * TheMasochismTango: You really have to wonder what got Hans and Rosa Hubermann together in the first place. * ThePowerOfLove: Tragically subverted. [[spoiler: When Liesel sees Rudy's dead body, she tries to wake him up by giving him the kiss he has always asked for. Not surprisingly, it was a gigantic TearJerker moment.]] ** [[spoiler: Even [[WordOfGod Markus Zusak]] himself has admitted to being a mess when he wrote that.]] * TakeThat: Death makes sure to step on the picture of Hitler Frau Diller keeps framed when [[spoiler: he's collecting everybody's souls]]. * TrueCompanions: Arthur Berg's apple stealing team. When he moves away, the new leader doesn't keep the group quite as close-knit. * TrueLovesKiss: [[spoiler: Subverted, in what is probably the saddest scene in the novel.]] * VitriolicBestBuds: Liesel and Rudy's exchanges are frequently littered with insults, jabs, and a rather colorful assortment of German swear words. * WarIsHell * WorldWarTwo ----
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[[quoteright:233:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/book_thief.jpg]] ->''It's just a small story really, about, amongst other things: ->* a girl, ->* an accordionist, ->* some fanatical Germans, ->* a Jewish fist fighter, ->* and quite a lot of thievery. ->I saw the book thief three times.'' -->--'''[[LemonyNarrator Death]]''', from the prologue ->"Here is a small fact. You are going to die." --[[DontFearTheReaper Death]] on the first page Set in WWII-era Germany, The Book Thief tells the story of a twelve year old girl called Liesel Meminger, the eponymous book thief, living with her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. This book is entirely narrated from the perspective of Death--[[LemonyNarrator who has surprisingly witty and dry sense of humor]] (and uses beautiful metaphors a lot). Written by Markus Zusak. [[{{TearJerker}} Keep some tissues handy.]] ---- !!This work provides examples of: * AlliterativeName: Hans Hubermann. * AlmostKiss: [[ShipTease Liesel to Rudy]] when they're celebrating his birthday in his father's shop. * TheAtoner: Ilsa Hermann is a version of this, never lighting fires, always opening windows, constantly living in a cold, dreary house because of how [[spoiler: her son froze to death]]. * AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Even though Hans and Rosa are locked in TheMasochismTango, Hans brings eggs back to Rosa and genuinely cares for her, while Rosa prayed for Hans' safety with his accordion every night [[spoiler: when he was sent to war]]. * BerserkButton: DO NOT call Liesel stupid. She'll kill you. * {{Blackface}}: Rudy, earlier in the book. But it's an homage to Jesse Owens and Rudy's father sets him straight. ** It should be noted that the issue here isn't that [[{{DeliberateValuesDissonance}} anyone's concerned about offending black people,]] it's that Rudy's a boy growing up in NaziGermany and this kind of behavior could get him in serious trouble. * BrevityIsWit: Several sections of Death's narration is this: -->Sister Maria. -->Was not impressed. * CannotSpitItOut: Liesel to Rudy. ''Just kiss him, already.'' * CasanovaWannabe: Rudy to Liesel. Yep, even as a kid. And [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by our [[LemonyNarrator narrator]]: -->Rudy Steiner was one of those audacious little bastards who actually ''fancied'' himself with the ladies. Every childhood seems to have exactly such a little juvenile in its midst and mists. He's the boy who refuses to fear the opposite sex, purely because everyone else chooses to embrace that fear... * ClusterFBomb: Rosa Hubermann is ''very'' prone to this. And Pfiffikus makes Rosa, in the book's own words, 'look like a saint and a wordsmith'. * CoversAlwaysLie: A lot of versions of the cover depict a scythe-wielding hooded Death. Y'know, ''exactly'' like how Death specified he/she DIDN'T look like? * DaddysGirl: Liesel, after the adoption. * DisappearedDad: Liesel has never met or seen her biological father. * [[DontFearTheReaper Don't Fear the Reaper]]: Death, the narrator, is amusing, non-linear and rather compassionate towards humans, particularly the other main characters. He even describes cradling the souls of particularly vulnerable or sad people, like children or the Jews killed in the death camps, in his arms. Given that it's a book about World War II, the "amusing" part takes a sharp turn. The death camp scenes, unsurprisingly, are particularly bad. * [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Himmel Street is bombed. [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Everybody except Liesel dies]]. This might verge on a BittersweetEnding, though, considering that Max lives through concentration camp and comes back.]] * [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Michael Holtzapfel.]] * DumbBlonde: Played with with Rudy Steiner. He isn't exactly an idiot, but with the way he acts, [[ObfuscatingStupidity it's hard to tell at times]], so he kind of falls in GeniusDitz territory as well. * [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: Liesel is the only one to survive when Himmel Street is bombed.]] * FirstKiss: A sad example here: [[spoiler: Liesel and Rudy have their first kiss when she sees Rudy's body being carted out of the rubble and hopes to wake him up with the kiss he's been always dreaming of.]] * ForTheEvulz: Basically why Viktor Chemmel steals from farmers, even though he's a well-provided for rich boy. * ForegoneConclusion: About half way through the book, Death accidently spoils that [[spoiler: Rudy dies]] because he is bad at mystery. It's still a TearJerker. ** The ending itself is a ForegoneConclusion as well, as Death warns in the early pages that [[SnicketWarningLabel Liesel's story doesn't have a happy ending.]] * HappilyAdopted: Liesel. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Hans prompts Liesel to say this about Rudy. * HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Liesel goes into one after Himmel Street is bombed.]] ** [[spoiler: And before, Liesel has a minor breakdown after she sees Max being sent to the concentration camp in Dachau.]] ** Hans does as well [[spoiler: when he gives a Jewish man in the "parade" bread, after he is [[WhipItGood whipped]]]]. * HonorAmongThieves: Arthur Berg and his apple-stealing troupe. -->'''Arthur''' (after [[spoiler: Rudy and Liesel have stolen from Otto Sturm]]): We'll get the others. We might be criminals, but we're not totally immoral. * IncurableCoughOfDeath: Sort of. It's not explained why Werner died (it's hinted he was ill) but right before he did so he was overcome by a violent coughing fit. * IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Liesel ends up writing a memoir about her experiences. [[spoiler: Then, Death picks it up, which is how we get the story. When he meets Liesel at the end of her life, he gives the memoir back to her.]] * {{Jerkass}}: Viktor Chemmel will always give you the inexplicable urge to punch him in his smug face. ** Also Franz Deutcher, Rudy's Hitler Youth leader. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rosa Hubermann. The narration itself states that she really does love Liesel, but she doesn't quite know how to show it. [[HonorAmongThieves Arthur Berg]] also counts, especially compared to [[{{Jerkass}} his successor]]. Death is more of a DeadpanSnarker with a heart of gold. * [[BatmanInMyBasement Jew In My Basement]] * KidAnova: Rudy. * [[spoiler: KillEmAll: Almost the entire cast in one scene, giving us quite the DownerEnding.]] * LemonyNarrator: The entire thing is narrated by Death. He has quite a unique voice. * LethalChef: Rosa Hubermann's cooking is ''horrible''. * MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Liesel and Max might have gotten together at the end. Or not.]] * MissingMom: Liesel's mother * NaiveNewcomer: Liesel * NaziGermany * NeverGotToSayGoodbye: This happens to Liesel a ''lot''. [[spoiler: She never got to say goodbye to her mother, to Max Vandenburg, hell, to ''everyone on Himmel Street''.]] * NoFourthWall: Death frequently addresses the audience directly. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Again, ''do not call Liesel stupid.'' * NoodleIncident: The infamous Jesse Owens incident is mentioned a couple of times. Subverted in that later, Rudy tells Liesel about the incident in such detail that she can now picture it perfectly in her head. * OddFriendship: Liesel and Max end up bonding over a number of things, including fists, trains, words, and their respective dead relatives. * OhAndXDies: Several times over. * PerpetualPoverty: Himmel Street isn't one of the better parts of town... * SnicketWarningLabel: Death warns at the beginning that the story doesn't have a happy ending. * SnowMeansDeath: Liesel's little brother dies on the way to Himmel Street and is given a hasty burial in the snow. ** Hans and Rosa's son is sent to Stalingrad, which inevitably invokes this trope. * TheGrimReaper: Subverted. At one point, Death even [[LampShade lampshades]] this trope by telling us how amusing the whole 'grim reaper with scythe and cloak' thing is. * TheMasochismTango: You really have to wonder what got Hans and Rosa Hubermann together in the first place. * ThePowerOfLove: Tragically subverted. [[spoiler: When Liesel sees Rudy's dead body, she tries to wake him up by giving him the kiss he has always asked for. Not surprisingly, it was a gigantic TearJerker moment.]] ** [[spoiler: Even [[WordOfGod Markus Zusak]] himself has admitted to being a mess when he wrote that.]] * TakeThat: Death makes sure to step on the picture of Hitler Frau Diller keeps framed when [[spoiler: he's collecting everybody's souls]]. * TrueCompanions: Arthur Berg's apple stealing team. When he moves away, the new leader doesn't keep the group quite as close-knit. * TrueLovesKiss: [[spoiler: Subverted, in what is probably the saddest scene in the novel.]] * VitriolicBestBuds: Liesel and Rudy's exchanges are frequently littered with insults, jabs, and a rather colorful assortment of German swear words. * WarIsHell * WorldWarTwo ----[[redirect:Literature/TheBookThief]]
3rd Mar '13 2:47:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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Dead Little Sister was renamed to Cynicism Catalyst. Misuse and Zero Context Examples are being purged.
* DeadLittleSister: Liesel's brother Werner dies at the beginning of the novel.

* OddFriendship: Liesel and Max end up bonding over a number of things, including fists, trains, words, and their respective [[DeadLittleSister dead relatives]].
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* OddFriendship: Liesel and Max end up bonding over a number of things, including fists, trains, words, and their respective [[DeadLittleSister dead relatives]].relatives.
10th Jan '13 8:39:03 AM silentheartsong
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* KillEmAll: Almost the entire cast in one scene.
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* [[spoiler: KillEmAll: Almost the entire cast in one scene.scene, giving us quite the DownerEnding.]]
10th Jan '13 8:38:29 AM silentheartsong
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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Liesel ends up writing a memoir about her experiences. [[spoiler: Then, Death picks it up, which is how we get the story]]
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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Liesel ends up writing a memoir about her experiences. [[spoiler: Then, Death picks it up, which is how we get the story]]story. When he meets Liesel at the end of her life, he gives the memoir back to her.]]
10th Jan '13 8:37:05 AM silentheartsong
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* TrueLovesKiss: [[spoiler: Subverted, in what is probably the saddest scene in the novel.]]
10th Jan '13 8:35:47 AM silentheartsong
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** The ending itself is a ForegoneConclusion as well, as Death warns in the early pages that [[SnicketWarningLabel Liesel's story doesn't have a happy ending.]]

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* SnicketWarningLabel: Death warns at the beginning that the story doesn't have a happy ending.
3rd Jan '13 9:29:49 PM koolkat735
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* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Liesel and Max might have gotten together at the end. Or not.]]
5th Dec '12 6:44:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TrueCompanions: Arthur Berg's apple stealing team. When he moves away, the new leader doesn't keep the group quite as [[ItGotWorse close-knit]].
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* TrueCompanions: Arthur Berg's apple stealing team. When he moves away, the new leader doesn't keep the group quite as [[ItGotWorse close-knit]].close-knit.
11th Feb '12 5:36:12 PM chihuahua0
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** On the contrary, this troper finds it to be a highly explicable urge.
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**On the contrary, this troper finds it to be a highly explicable urge.
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