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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning writing!!!, 6 Jan. 2008
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I don't know about you but I tend to judge a book as good if its one I can't put down and am eager to get to the end of to find out what happens - well not here!
The joy( can I say 'joy' about a book narrated by Death)of this book is in the prose itself - Markus certainly knows how to string a sentence or two together to create sharp, beautiful, thought provoking proses. Instead of wanting to get to the end I found myself wanting to savour the words and spend time mediating on all that had been shared in each chapter. I found myself going back and rereading the words again and again. Death even gives away the ending to a degree but its all part of the charm of this stunningly written book.
This is the story of a young girl set in Nazi Germany and is narrated by Death himself.
The characters are a real mix and the author's writing helps you get to the real heart and depth of them as individuals - their endearing qualities and their flaws. It is a story with many levels and parallel threads running through.
You will find yourself noting the wry/clever quotes by Death and marvelling at the wonder of this written word.
Do not be put off by a previous reviewer's likening this to 'The Lovely Bones' if you struggled like myself with that book. I found this read to be on a completely different level and a far more satisfying and inspiring read. Goes into my Top 10 best reads ever!
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