ERIC Number: EJ891696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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"Into Eternity"s Certain Breadth": Ambivalent Escapes in Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief"
Children's Literature in Education, v41 n3 p222-233 Sep 2010
This article examines the consolatory possibilities presented by Markus Zusak's recent crossover novel "The Book Thief," investigating the degree to which the novel delivers the simultaneous consolation and confrontation identified with children's and young adults' Holocaust texts by such critics as Adrienne Kertzer and Lawrence Baron. Contending that the supernatural nature of the novel's redemptive imagery ultimately undermines its apparently consolatory purpose, the article concludes with an analysis of the extent to which such a reading is complicated by the novel's status as crossover text, and the triangular gaze that might subsequently be attributed to its adult readers.
Descriptors: Novels, Adults, Childrens Literature, Figurative Language, Philosophy, Death, Literary Criticism, Adolescent Literature
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