“At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up). You will be caked in your own body. There might be a discovery; a scream will dribble down the air. The only sound I’ll hear after that will be my own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.”If The Book Thief is a story about a young girl in Nazi Germany who steals books, learns to read, and eventually houses and befriends a Jew with her adoptive family, why is it narrated by Death? How does Death’s narration make the story better? What does Death provide that a first person narration or an unknown omnipresent narrator could not? In short, why Death?
To get feedback and assistance with these questions, I plan to ask my coworkers. I work at a library, so I think I will definitely gain a more helpful literary perspective from them.