The Book Thief

The Book Thief Quote Analysis

Why is this quote significant "It was November 3, and the floor of the train held his feet. In front of him he read from the copy of Mein Kampf. His saviour. Sweat was swimming out of his hands. Finger marks clutched the book (The Struggler, Continued)

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This quote relates to Max's journey to the Hubermann home. Max is a Jew, traveling alone, and trying to blend in. He carries a copy of Mein Kampf for protection.... a book a Jew would never carry. Thus, is protects him, possibly saves him. He's sweating because he is afraid of discovery. Max is literally running for his life.


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