©2014 Leonie Swann / Goldmann Verlag (P)2014 Der Hörverlag
The best part of this book is Leonie Swann's writing - she has a beautifully fresh, wonderfully descriptive and unique style, which I immediately fell in love with. I enjoyed every minute of this book and of these words... they kept surprising me, delighting me and making me laugh out loud.
This is an original story unlike anything I have ever read. There are quite a few points of view here, various strange, quirky characters who we get to inhabit, but my absolute favorite experience was slipping into the strong, sleek bodies of Julius' bold and beautiful fleas. Die Floehe wuerden dieses Buch bestimmt als einen "grossen Sprung" bezeichnen :)
The narrator did a really good job of capturing the tone of the book. Her reading definitely brought out subtleties, ironies and humor in the story. She is not by any means a master narrator, didn't really have different voices for different characters or any fancy tricks up her sleeve, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Tiny complaint: this is a German book but it is set in London, so the characters and places have English names. I was slightly irritated by the narrator's heavy German accent every time she said "Julius Birdwell" or any other name.
Dunkelsprung is the perfect name for this book.
This one is something special. December is about to commence, so I feel confident in saying that this is and will remain my favorite book this year. You may want to skip this if your German is not very good, but if you are a (near) native speaker I don't see how you could not love this book for the gorgeous language alone.
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