The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Summary and Analysis Part 6: The Dream Carrier: Death's Diary: Cologne

Summary

Planes bomb Köln, and Death carries five hundred souls with him. Black objects drop from the sky — fuel tanks from the bombers. The children in the streets want to keep them.


Analysis

Colors return as an important theme in this chapter — the yellow of the burning sky, the black fuel tanks. The colors create a stark landscape and mood for this chapter. Death's collection of bodies mirrors the children's collection of these fuel tanks, both of which are discarded by their enemies with little thought or remorse.

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After Liesel steals a book from the bonfire, what does the burning book against Liesel's chest symbolize?





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