The Book Thief

The Book Thief


Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief: Part 5: The Floating Book (Part 1) Summary & Analysis

Death describes a future scene with Rudy, where he is diving into the cold Amper River to fetch a book, and then standing in the water, asking Liesel for a kiss. Death then reveals Rudy's death, which will take place two years later among piles of rubble.
This seems to give away the ending, but it also is a reminder that death awaits everyone – even so, the reader's knowledge of Rudy's death make his part in the rest of the novel seem more tragic.
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