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Death ….or… who narrates “The Book Thief” for 5000 points Alex…

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As previously stated I actually had time to finish two books last week(both while driving)

the first

Good Grief by Lolly Winston

the second

was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

so here goes:

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

(disclaimer…I have not seen the movie and as I have several relatives/friends/older kids yet to read this book I will probably wait it out till they have read it and then….hopefully we’ll watch and analyze together)

Prior to reading this book I had never heard of Markus Zusak of course there is a webpage all about him

We are, as I type this in 2014, 19 years shy of the 100 year anniversary (though anniversary is not a good word for the Holocaust) of the start of the holocaust

we cannot forget the nonsensical genocide that took place

and its important that while there are still some who remember(and their  numbers are dwindling all too quickly) that their stories be told

that we understand the horrors

that we feel the devastation

that we embrace humanity and vow to never let this happen again

(and yet is happening in places like Africa and the middle east as I type this people are being killed for their appearance, their, religion, their beliefs)


Back to “The Book Thief”

This was the second time I read this book…the first I only got through the first chapter of a digital edition and could not get into it…I didn’t understand who was telling the story and was too distracted to read the back or read deeper.

Let me tell you

It is “Death” who narrates

It is “Death” who reports to God

It is “Death” who makes us all the same

It is “Death” who witnesses death….and life

It is “Death” who follows a young girl as she loses the people she cares about


It is “Death” who safely brings those killed in gas chambers and ovens and bullet fire to peace

The story is not pretty

and although

its descriptive

is not overly gory (though I have not seen the film so I cannot speak for that)

I want to tell you everything written in the book


at the same time

I want to tell you nothing.

so …

I’ll tell you this

An orphan girl

in Nazi Germany

an accordion

some nightmares

some books

a fugitive

a friend




Go buy the book

read the book

share the book

and then if you must

I guess…

see the movie


for more on the Holocaust  check out the Jewish virtual library

{{ps I just read another of Markus books…”I am the Messenger” meh…}}

About ellasurreau

I was first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

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  1. Pingback: A review of Good Grief by Lolly Winston | Book Reviews

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