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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Suffering Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

I witness the ones that are left behind, crumbled among the jigsaw puzzles of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs. (1.22)

From Death's point of view, living with the loss of a loved one is much worse than dying.

Quote #2

Still in disbelief, she started to dig. He couldn't be dead. He couldn't be dead. He couldn't – (5.60)

The death of Liesel's brother causes her great suffering. It also seems to create empathy and prepares her to understand Max's suffering.

Quote #3

There was a chaos of goodbye. (5.83)

This tiny sentence helps us feel Liesel's utter dismay at being forced to leave her mother on the same day she buries her brother.

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