Friday, 10 February 2012

Friday Recommends #19

So it's Friday again, and that means another exciting Friday Recommends!
This is an exciting book blog hop that book bloggers can take part in once a week to share with their followers, the books that they most recommend reading!

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  • Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Waterstones synopsis:
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 inhabitants 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



This story is intelligent, gripping and well-written, but the best thing about it - by far - for me, is the narrative style. Death is literally personified in this book. He is bought to life as the narrative character, the authorial voice, and it works so incredibly well, that he just strolls off the pages. But he is not a frightening character, but a friendly one - soul collecting is simply his day job. He is, by a long way, one of my favourite fictional characters, which does seem to be a rather odd thing to say about Death.

The story itself is intriguing. It's a wonderful, potent mixture of the fantasy that arrises from the narrator, and the terrible realities & effects of war and destruction that we see both through his eyes, and through the eyes of the Book Thief, Liesel, a young German girl.
It's a beautiful, horrowing, poignant tale that shows us World War II from a completely different perspective.

I couldn't recommend this book more highly! It's giving me goosebumps just thinking about it again!









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19 comments:

Vidya-BooksAreMagic said...

I bought this book a few days before for my fiancee. I thought after he reads, I could read it too. But, I think I have to read first and torture him then to read it, LOL.

Vidya @ Books Are Magic

Chocolate Chunky Munkie said...

I thought this was an excellent book Dani. Well done for recommending it :D xx

Sam said...

There isn't anyone I wouldn't recommend this book to. It's one of my favourites! I loved the narrative in this one, too. :)

Sam @ Realm of Ficton

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

This is definitely one I would recommend and my review is popular if my stats are anything to go by.

Erin O'Riordan said...

Oh em gees, I LOVE this book!

Kali S said...

I want to read this so much! It sounds like such a good book, and every review I have read loves not only the plot but how it is written.

Hopefully I can get my hands on this soon!

Thanks for the review :)

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I loved this book...great review!

franchie15 said...

"But he is not a frightening character, but a friendly one - soul collecting is simply his day job."

I love the line. Such a good review. :)

FairyWhispers said...

my goodness, the synopsis is pretty scary. lol

Laura said...

This sounds a really unusual and interesting story. I shall have to add it to my list of books I want to read.

Christina said...

This really is one of the best books ever. Markus Zusak is so incredibly talented. I Am the Messenger was great too. Also, I really love that cover!

Tristan said...

Bought this book a couple months ago after hearing that it was absolutely amazing, but haven't had the time to read it yet. I will definitely have to pick it up and read it soon because after reading your review it sounds super good and interesting! Great review!

Bookie Bee said...

this book has been on my wishlist for so long!! I have to get it now!!

Mohur said...

Have heard a lot about this one!! But my TBR list is sooooooooooo long that I have no idea when I'll be able to get my hands on it!!

Anonymous said...

Wow this book sounds incredible, really! Thanks for the review.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

Great Review!

I also loved this book!! :)

Anonymous said...

Oohhh sounds so interesting! I have this on my bookshelf to read - I actually got it as part of the free "World Book Night" thing. :) This review makes me even more excited for it! Can't wait to read it this summer.

~Enamored Soul~ said...

First of all, I'm so glad that you have an eclectic range of books reviewed on this blog site. I kind of tire when reviewers/bloggers stick to the same kind of books over and over again. So kudos!

That being said, this book is one of my all-time favorite books...EVER! One of the things that intrigues me the most (which your review mentions) is how the author wrote from the perspective of death. It is both morbid, and infinitely interesting as well. Another such wonderful (and wonderfully complex) book is "My Name is Red" by Orhan Pamuk, in which one of the chapters is narrated by the corpse of one of the characters who is murdered! :)

Excellent review - comprehensive, thoughtful...does this book justice! Two thumbs up! :D

Name: Hira Hasnain
Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

Abibliophobic said...

I really loved this book as well. Death as an overlying narrator was such an odd and interesting way to tell a story and I was so moved by this book. Saying soul collecting was simply death's day job is a perfect explaination of the character and I loved you review!

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