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Eternal Observer: Death in The Book Thief

NOV / DEC 2017: BY JESSICA PRESCOTT

“I’m always finding humans at their best and worst.

“I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both.

“Still, they have one thing I envy.

“Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.”

If Death could speak… what would he say?

That’s the question asked by Markus Zusak’s bestselling coming-of-age novel, The Book Thief. It’s a story of bitter loss and even more bitter survival, narrated by the voice of Death and set in war-torn Germany during the 1940s. The protagonist, Death’s heroine, is a girl named Liesel Meminger; a girl who loses everyone she loves—mother, father, brother, foster parents, best friend—to the ravages of war. One by one, Death comes to take them away; and one by one, he bears their souls into eternity, leaving Liesel behind. Liesel wonders why it has to be this way. And Death has no answers. Continue reading Eternal Observer: Death in The Book Thief

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