Several people had recommended this book to me, but when I saw it in a bookstore in Limoges this summer, I almost didn't pick it up. I was kind of turned off by the book's cover.
(Of course, I can't find the version of the cover that my copy has...I guess I'm not the only one who found it creepy!)
Fortunately, the English-language book selection in the French bookstore wasn't very big, so I looked a little further than the cover.
Here's what the book's jacket had to say:
Here is a small fact:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitatnts of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
Some important information:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH
it's a small story about:
- a girl
- an accordionist
- some fanatical Germans
- a Jewish fist fighter
- and quite a lot of thievery.
Another thing you should know:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
Intrigued? Yeah, me too.
Why I loved this book:
The narration: As the jacket says, Death narrates this book and I loved his (?) voice. I found him to be witty and compassionate.
The characters: I absolutely loved the characters Marcus Zusak created on Himmel Street.
Recommendation: Read it! And then give me a call so we can chat about it. :)