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I have just saw the movie and I have some doubts about the narrator's identity.

  • In the first part of the movie it made me suspect that he is Liesel's brother (I think there was a line were he mentions he was alive once)
  • When Max came into picture I gained the impression that the narrator is his father
  • An in the end, before the bombing it appears to be Death

I can't say for certain who it is.

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And now that I've searched a bit on IMDb I saw at at Cast the answer:

Roger Allam ... Narrator / Death (voice)

  • I don't know if such a little casting credit really is a sufficient explanation of the whole matter. Maybe the narrator had more than one identity? But I haven't seen the movie, so this is pure speculation based on your question. I'm just saying that such an easy-out IMDb answer seems a bit "lame" to me. – Napoleon Wilson Mar 26 '15 at 14:38
  • For me all three possibilities seem plausible. In the end it does sound like Death but throughout the movie I had the impression that it was someone who knew them. – Alexandru Cimpanu Mar 26 '15 at 14:47
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    I haven't seen the movie but in the book, the narrator is explicitly "Death." – rosends Mar 26 '15 at 19:04
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    @NapoleonWilson, As mentioned by Dan about the narrator in the book, in the movie also narrator doesn't have multiple identities, only one - "Death". – chaitanya89 Mar 27 '15 at 13:36

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