The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief Epilogue: Death and Liesel Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Death describes the world as a factory run by humans, and his job is to carry them away. He is very weary, so he will be as straightforward as possible with the rest of the story. He says Liesel died "yesterday," at an old age in Sydney, Australia. The sky was clear and blue. As she died she saw her husband, three children, and three grandchildren, but also Hans, Rosa, Werner, and Rudy.
Death jumps ahead and reveals Liesel's ultimate fate – she has survived and thrived beyond the bombing, and brought new life into the world in the form of her children. She is given a clear, beautiful sky for her last day. Death clearly still respects her enough to recognize her.
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