In direct contrast with some of my more recent reads (see Scarlett Thomas’ PopCo) this book commanded interest and undivided attention from the very second it was picked up – and faithfully followed through to the very end.
How could it not, when it read something like this:
“I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.” / “A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH: I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like? I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.”
Narrated by Death himself, “The Book Thief” proved to be a highly original, easy-flowing read that made me think, feel and cry…
I rarely give books a 5 star review but Mr. Zusak and his wonderfully crafted, touching story more than deserve it. They’ve earned their spot on my “absolute favourites” shelf and will -of course- be most highly recommended!!