1. I think the audience meant to enjoy this book are young adults that may be interested in the Holocaust. They don’t have to be interested but I do think that that’s the target audience. I think because his interest in the Holocaust came from his parents, M. Zusak tried to relate the experiences of his parents growing up during World War II for an adult audience.
2. The reasoning for Markus to write such an amazing novel is because he was looking for a more mature, bold way of approaching his next book. He wanted something different that showed his more serious side. He used the stories his parents told him as a kid for influence. I guess he just felt his writing style needed a change.
3. Liesel Meminger is nine in the beginning. Her younger brother died and her mom gave her up to go live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Liesel is hurt by her brother's death, but Hans ends up being a decent foster father. Actually, with his help, she learned to read and eventually found happiness in reading books. Many of the people she loves eventually leave her life because of World War II and the Holocaust. Basically, Liesel learns to use words to influence humans to act towards both good and evil as she experiences the good and bad in society. Max Vandenburg is a 23-year-old Jew who hid from the Nazis in the Hubermanns' basement. Max was a fighter growing up, and as a teenager he refused to die without a fight. Max was upset because of his decision to save himself over his family, but when he meets Liesel they both become friends who each share a broken past. As their friendship grew, Liesel starts reading to Max every night. Max made two books for Liesel; both had mini stories about their friendship and Nazi Germany. Max leaves the house after Hans gives an old Jew being marched to a concentration camp a piece of bread in public. After that, Liesel saw Max on his way to Dachau, another concentration camp. Max survived the camp, and reunites with Liesel after the war ends. Adolf Hitler is the guy responsible for the millions of deaths caused during the holocaust; he wanted it from the beginning. He promised people things that he knew they desperately needed in order to win them over. He also did that whole, “if you don’t vote for me I’ll kill you” type thing, so of course people voted for him. So many people would have great grandchildren and different lives if it weren’t for him. Honestly, I think he was in a mental state, he said that the supreme race were people with blonde hair & blue eyes, which doesn’t include himself so that means he’ll die too. I don’t understand his hatred towards other races. I just want to know what happened that made him so black-hearted.
4. The setting is generally in Molching, Germany during World War II from 1939 to 1942. Most of The Book Thief takes place in the small town of Molching outside of Munich, Germany. Himmel Street, where the Hubermanns and Steiners live, is where the plot of the story takes place. Some main...