Prologues – The Book Thief

During last week’s writing class at UC Berkeley Extension, I learned about prologues. Should you include one? Is it a waste of time? Is it really masquerading as a first chapter? Is it a distraction? Or on the flip side, does it ease you into the story? Does it accomplish something that a first chapter could not?

For this upcoming MUG meeting, let’s dive into the prologue of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Not only is this book set during Nazi Germany, but it is also narrated by Death. Not exactly the kind of book I’d be excited to pick up. How does the author’s prologue affect you? What techniques does the author use to get us beyond the heartbreaking/disturbing subject matter?  Feel free to explore any of the questions I’ve listed above!

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One response to “Prologues – The Book Thief

  1. faentur

    I’ve read one or two books before that were narrated by Death, or were about him. So far none have been unpleasant, despite the subject matter. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of ‘The Book Thief’ now.

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