Friday, 12 May 2006

The Book Thief

The best new novel I have read in quite some time is the magnificent 560-page work, The Book Thief, by the young novelist Markus Zusak. It’s a powerful, compelling and humorous story about a young German girl in the Second World War who discovers books and the power of words. She also learns a very important skill: how to steal books.

I think the book’s greatest achievement is its intriguing and wonderfully funny narrator. Without spoiling the story, I’ll just tell you that the narrator is not even a human being—he is Death himself (and Death has never been more endearing).

Anyway, if you only want to read one new novel this year, I reckon this should be the one. I devoured it recently, and I’m already feeling like reading it again. To find out more about the novel, you can also check out the author’s very nice website.

7 Comments:

Chris Tilling said...

You sure know how to sell books, Ben. I'm starting to get suspicious actually. You do get some of the Royalties, don't you? You sly old Aussie; you've found a way somehow I just know it.

Ben Myers said...

"You do get some of the Royalties, don't you?" Well, if only I could convince the publishers to see things your way....

Josh M said...

Happy Birthday for Sunday Ben

Ben Myers said...

Thanks, Josh!

steph said...

happy birthday...?!!!!!
so how old are you Ben? (you don't look a day over 21)

Ben Myers said...

"... a day over 21" -- how flattering, Steph. Unfortunately, though, I'll now be 28 (which of course means "nearly 30"!).

steph said...

no, 28 is 28. A little over 21, if anything else, mid-twenties.

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