I love getting book recommendations from others and then finding a treasure in a book that I might not have otherwise read. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is one such treasure. This book was so amazing that I'm ordering myself a copy from Amazon. It's one of those that I want on my shelf to refer back to and read again. Zusak has a talent for describing things and showing emotion that I've never seen before. When I began reading the book, I wondered a bit if it would hold my attention--after all the narrator is death--how weird is that? But my goodness, as I continued to turn the pages I found gem after priceless gem of intricate storytelling from Zusak in a way that made each and every scene come alive.
Everything about this book is different. The point of view, the descriptive metaphors, even the names of the chapters make you stop and think about what the author is trying to tell you.
I enjoy reading about the history of World War II and since this is the time period of the book, perhaps that is another reason I was so drawn into the story. It's a thick book, so don't be scared about the length. Once you allow yourself to experience the magic of "The Book Thief" you'll be forever changed. This book has humor, action, danger, strung-out emotions--all the things I love in a story but is written as a type of literature that is fantastic.
If you've read The Book Thief, I'd love to hear what you thought. Have you read any of Zusak's other books? If so, what did you think? I haven't heard too much about the others but am certainly going to put them on my "to read" list.
You can see some of the other reviews in Rachelle's Book Club here. Enjoy!