Did You Read the Book First? The Book Thief

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I had not read the book, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.  Or even heard of it.  Why should I go see the movie, when there are so many choices in theaters?

This clip is why I wanted to see this movie.  Watch it here.  It’s beautiful and heart wrenching and hopeful.

The Book Thief (2013 PG-13), directed by Brian Percival, is a drama taking place in Germany as the Nazi’s push their plans for a master race upon it’s citizens.  We witness this through the eyes of young Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), an orphan adopted by a childless couple, gruff Rosa (Emily Watson) and playful Hans (Geoffrey Rush).

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Liesel blossoms under their care, and even learns to read.   A neighborhood boy, Rudy (Nico Liersch), befriends her, and we see them play and adapt to life during wartime.

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She takes part in school-wide Nazi songs and witnesses neighbors being taken away because they are Jews and fathers being drafted for the war.  She watches a book burning, and cannot understand why books are bad.

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Early on, the parents take in a desperate Jewish teenager, Max (Ben Schnetzer), who needs to be hidden from the Nazis.  Liesel shares her love of books with him.

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Amazing acting by all the players.  You can feel the citizens under stress, feel the cold, feel the hunger.  An excellent movie!

I didn’t read the book first.  Did you?

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