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Laura Hartman, Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics, Driehaus College of Business

Personal Remarks

“The Book Thief draws you in as a reader through the seeming innocence of its protagonist, Liesel. However, I soon realized that, though only 10 years old, Liesel is wise and full of courage around issues about which I care very deeply. In reading The Book Thief, I felt like I wanted to live up to Liesel’s character. I would like to believe that, if I were living then – or if I face circumstances now that demand of my values - I would have the bravery that she demonstrated throughout this beautiful tale. It is in this way that fictional characters inspire us to be better in our real lives.” - Laura Hartman

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