This is one of the best books I've ever read! My first copy of it has fallen to pieces where I've read it so much, a friend bought me a new copy and that's looking a bit sorry for itself now and I bought a copy of it in Polish to help me learn the language and enjoy this absolutely perfect book in more than one language.
If you haven't read this book, you have been sorely deprived and my heart goes out to you. Please, I beg of you, read it. You will fall in love page after page.
A beautiful and haunting narrative by death himself, showing the futility of trying to outrun him, deny him or - god/s forbid - helping him along- made worse by the fact that it's set in nazi germany in the 40's - so we the reader are already privy to the outcome for the majority of the sad participants.
A pure and errudite flight of fancy - which just effortlessly brings one along - until you don't even realise you're off the ground flying along with every word ! Wonderful indeed.
At the beginning, the book seemed a bit slow, but if you give it a chance, it turns out to be one of the most memorable and great stories you have ever read. You just cannot stop being in place of the main character, since it's so well written. Very recommended for any age.
Not a book i would usually choose to read, but was asked to read it and it was brilliant!!! Heart-breaking, thought provoking, witty, very well told, a must read for anyone!! Much praise for markus zusak.