The Book Thief – Part One – Arrival on Himmel Street (cont)

A Photo of Himmel Street

The buildings appear to be glued together, mostly small houses and unit blocks that look nervous. There is murky snow spread out like carpet. There is concrete, empty hatstand trees, and grey air.

Seriously Zusak is amazing ‘glued together’, ‘look nervous’ how does he think of these ways to describe things! If I were Liesel I don’t think I’d want to leave the car either. Your brother just died. You just left your mother. The people aren’t overly nice and happy looking. So why would you want to leave the car and start living in a new house with new ‘parents’? It took them 15 minutes to get her out of the car, Liesel is sure obstinate and it was the tall man who ‘quietly’ got her out. And then she hung onto the gate and a few people looked but they were soon sworn at and quickly left.

A Translation of Rosa Hubermann’s Announcement

‘What are you arseholes looking at?’

Regardless of her motives for yelling at the ‘arseholes’ I feel like Rosa is a good woman who isn’t afraid to be outspoken. I wonder if we actually find out the contents of the ‘gravedigger’s handbook’ or are they unimportant, I can’t remember.

The Gravedigger’s Handbook

A twelve-step guide to grave-digging success Published by the Bayern Cemetery Association

I have to ask, no matter how naive, arrogant or ignorant it is, is it really that hard to dig a grave. Sure digging can be hard, physical work, especially if the ground were frozen. But does it need 12 steps? What are they? Step 1 – measure the coffin, so you know how much you have to dig. Step 2 – dig. What else is there to it really?

But ‘The Gravedigger’s Handbook’ is significant because it is the first book in her ‘illustrious’ ‘career’.


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