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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Summary and Analysis Part 4: The Standover Man: The Sleeper


Max sleeps for three days. Liesel watches and notices he has nightmares like she does. When he wakes, he grabs her arm.


This chapter stages the official meeting between Max and Liesel. Liesel already sees some of herself in him, the way they both have nightmares. The chapter's title, too, suggests some type of an awakening or call to action that is yet to come, a sort of calmness before the rest of the world intrudes.