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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Mortality Quotes

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Quote #4

I am a result. (2.3)

This is an important aspect of Zusak's Death. He doesn't cause death, but, rather, exists because people die. He doesn't want people to die. It just means more work for him, and he would prefer to be sunning it up on a tropical island sipping strawberry daiquiris.

Quote #5

With one eye open, one still in a dream, the book thief, also known as Liesel Meminger could see […] that her younger brother, Werner, was now sideways and dead. His blue eyes stared at the floor. Seeing nothing. (5.21-5.22)

This image of her dying brother will haunt Liesel for many years and come to her every night as she sleeps. It's a very traumatic experience that shapes her life in many ways.

Quote #6

Then he read the title, with concentration, aloud: "The Grave Digger's Handbook." (10.17)

All the references to Liesel's first book cast a spooky, morbid cast over the novel. It's a great way to highlight the theme of death and book stealing in one fell swoop.

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