The Book Thief – Part Six – The Dream Carrier – Death’s Diary: 1942

Part Six – The Dream Carrier

Death’s Diary: 1942

What happened in the year 79 or 1346? I guess a lot of people died, and made Death very busy, but what exactly happened? Death take a holiday? Good luck!

A Small Piece of Truth

I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You what to know what I truly look like? I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.

Is he saying that he just looks like me or you? I guess it is a good point that what we ‘think’ Death looks like (if Death did exist) would probably be some highly imaginary picture that is completely wrong. Just like with aliens, we tend to think of them as ‘little, green men’ when they could be anything!

Oh Death, you make me laugh! ‘On the other hand, you’re a human – you should understand self-obsession.’ Death you know us too well!

OH NO! The war is getting closer to Himmel Street, something I had mentioned earlier, that I had thought the war hasn’t really impacted on Munich, but it sounds like bad things are just around the corner!

Zusak you are a literary genius, this is the most perfect way to talk about death and war and throw in some history, whilst making it entertaining and interesting and relevant!

An Abridged Rollcall for 1942

1. The desperate Jews – their spirits in my lap as we sat on the roof, next to the steaming chimneys.

2. The Russian soldiers: taking only small amounts of ammunition, relying on the fallen for the rest of it.

3. The soaked bodies of a French coast, beached on the shingle and sand.

A truly amazing way to describe the horrors of war! Death you just keep getting more and more interesting and amazing ‘They say that war is Death’s best friend, but I must offer you a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thing, incessantly. ‘Get it done, get it done.’ So you work harder. You get the job done. The boss, however, does not thank you. He asks for more.’ An amazing metaphor/simile, Zusak how do you think of these things? HOW?

Now we are ‘officially’ moving into the second half of ‘a book thief’. And it sounds like she is taking snow into the basement for Max so he can share in the new weather. How will they get the snow/water out after they are done? I guess we shall find out…

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One thought on “The Book Thief – Part Six – The Dream Carrier – Death’s Diary: 1942

  1. Not sure Zusak picked the years out at random or not, but in the year 79:
    June 23 – Vespasian dies of fever from diarrhea; his last words on his deathbed are: “I think I’m turning into a god.” Titus succeeds his father as Roman emperor. Titus’ Jewish mistress, Berenice (daughter of Herod Agrippa), comes to join him in Rome, but he exiles her to please the Senate.
    August 24 – Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79: Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, and Oplontis. The Roman navy based at Misenum, commanded by Pliny the Elder, evacuates refugees, but he dies after inhaling volcanic fumes.

    And in 1346:
    In Asia that year, the Black Plague came to the troops of the Golden Horde Khanate; the disease also affected the Genoese Europeans they were attacking, before spreading to the rest of Europe. In Central and East Asia, there was a series of revolts after Kazan Khan was killed in an uprising, and the Chagatai Khanate began to splinter and fall; several revolts in China began what would eventually lead to the overthrow of the Yuan dynasty.
    … much of Italy suffered a famine. The Hundred Years’ War between the Kingdom of France and the Kingdom of England continued in Western Europe, as Edward III of England led an invasion onto the continent and won a number of victories.

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