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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Summary and Analysis Part 6: The Dream Carrier: Death's Diary: Cologne


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.


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.