A few weeks back, I read a list of books for book lovers. Basically, a selection of works which revolve around the written word and its importance. Thus, my introduction to The Book Thief. I had no real idea what the book was about; I simply knew that it was included on this list of books that people who love books should read. Seeing as I am definitely a person who loves books, I gave it a shot.
The first few chapters sent me into puzzle mode, as I attempted to discern from whose point of view the book was written. It does not take long to realize that your narrator is Death. Not Death in the Grim Reaper fashion you may think, but Death, who carries the souls away in his arms. This offers an extremely unique perspective for story telling, particularly as it becomes apparent Zusak has set his book in WWII-era Germany.