Is it hard to living every day of life not knowing what tomorrow could bring?In both novels, The Book Thief and The Art of Racing in the Rain, have similar conflicts that define the strength of the characters. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a story from a dog’s point of view. Most of the book is based on a conflict in which Denny’s wife, Eve, dies unexpectedly from cancer. Although Eve knew her illness was severe, she chose to hide it from her family.
Eve’s parents claim custody of Denny’s daughter, Zoe and blame him for many incidents that didn’t occur. The Book Thief is a story that takes place during World War ll. Liesel, the main character is having to adapt to a new family after her mom gave her up for a chance for a better life. The family she stayed with lived in Molching Germany, while Hitler committed his atrocities throughout Europe.
While Jews were getting exterminated, Liesel and her family hid Max, a Jew in their house. They risked their lives by doing that. Liesel experienced many deaths in her life, but throughout these hard times, she maintained the will to live.
The main conflict of adapting to a new lifestyle is seen throughout both novels. Both Enzo, the family dog, and Liesel have to adapt to very hard situations that are almost unimaginable. In Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the narrator says, “At school, Rudy made a special point of seeking Liesel out during the breaks.
He didn’t care that others made noises about the new girl’s stupidity” (47). Liesel had just moved in with her new family and was attending her first day of school. She was a new girl who didn’t know how to write. People thought she was stupid. She had to learn to adapt by starting in a new school where she was less educated than the other students. In The Art of Racing in the Rain, Denny is faced with the unimaginable. Garth Stein says, “To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To fe…