In honor of my latest obsession with Call of Duty, I’ve decided that this week will be a week of literary war quotes. Throughout the week on bookshelfbattle.com there will be quotes from books, characters, and authors and each will provide a different perspective of war.
Here’s today’s quote:
“A small but noteworthy note. I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they’re running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.” – Death, the Narrator of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Have you ever read The Book Thief? I haven’t but have seen the film and enjoyed it. The use of Death as the narrator was an original, unconventional idea that worked. It was set during World War II, which was, after all, a very busy time for the Grim Reaper. Essentially, what the author is trying to convey here is that soldiers often think they are going up against the opposing army but ultimately, they’re engaged in an activity that is just going to bring death upon them way too soon.
To state the obvious, war sucks. This will be a constant theme of the literary war quotes we will explore.
Tune in tomorrow folks. Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel.