The Book Thief Analysis

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On January 30, 1933, one of the darkest time period in the world began, the Holocaust. About six millions lives were lost because of what they believed in and the death toll increased to about 28 million deaths, after WWII. Though there are numerous novels, on World War II and the Holocaust, through different perspectives, what makes Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief unique is it 's narrator and desperately hopeful tone. To begin with, unlike most novels, Markus Zusak chose Death as the narrator of his novel instead of a more common options like, the main character. When asked why, he said, “I thought, here 's a book set during war. Everyone says war and death are best friends. Death is ever present during war, so here was the perfect choice to narrate The Book Thief", but Death in his novel, feels bored with his job. On page four Death talks about colors he sees. Every Time a person dies, when he comes to take them, he sees colors, a color that symbolizes every person. He also goes on to say, “As I’ve been alluding to, my one saving grace is distraction. It helps me cope, considering the length of time I’ve been performing this job. The trouble is, who could ever replace me? Who could step in while I take a break in your stock-standard resort-style vacation destination, whether it be tropical or of the ski trip variety? The answer of course, is nobody, which has prompted me to make conscious, deliberate decision - to make distraction my vacation. Needless to say, I vacation
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