How might one best describe the mood of Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief?

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The introduction of the Book Thief establishes the idea that this will be a dark story since the narrator himself is Death, which obviously references his activities and his interactions with people.

However, after this opening, the book starts off as a lively, if somewhat downcast, story by laying out the experiences of the two protagonists, Liesel and Rudy. Both of their characters and their personalities are laid out, and we see many undercurrents of both happiness and unhappiness.

As the book progresses and Germany enters World War II, the story becomes far darker. The introduction of the character Max, a Jew who hides in their basement from the Nazi authorities, demonstrates both the brutality of the regime and the ability of Liesel to use books to escape from its harshness....

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