But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood. David hates closed-in spaces and in particular the Tube, but loves the open air and the freedom he feels on the roofs. And so, it turns out, does this beautiful, enigmatic girl who claims that evil men have cut out her heart. David can feel the danger but he is lost right from his first glimpse of Heaven. I loved reading a book about London written by a German author who uses characters from Dickens as a motif.
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The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood. Forlorn, bewildered and throbbing fearfully, the heart was mirrored in the curved, silvery knife. Heaven by Cristoph Marzi is a very unusual and refreshing modern day fairy tale. It was originally published in German in , then translated to English and published by Orchard Books in If theres one thing I love about Orchard, its that theyre not afraid to 3.
Heaven is a perfect example of precisely that — it is a beautiful, but unsettling story with a deeper allegorical significance. It can be taken at face value, or dug into for as many layers as any individual reader sees fit.
For seventeen-year-old David Pettyfer, life in Cardiff with his family became almost impossible when he was fifteen years old, so he ran away to London where he pushed drugs to survive. A year later, he got a job at a small bookstore and a tiny room above it and managed to turn his life around. He works for an old widow with a gift for finding rare books. One night, while running across the rooftops in Kensington, he nearly falls over a beautiful girl crouching in the dark.
Her name is Heaven and she claims her heart has been cut out from her chest by two evil men. Pretty soon both David and Heaven are being chased by these two evil men all over London. David and Heaven were constantly moving, changing, running from one life-threatening situation into another. After all, no one can lose a heart and live to tell the tale.
They took the time to get to know one another as much as the circumstances allowed before falling in love. There were two things that disappointed and made me lower my rating. Villains were the first. Instead, it can be almost ridiculous at times, and with these two, Marzi walked a very thin line. Secondary characters were also neglected, especially in the first half.
Interludes, small chapters from their points of view helped, but there were some I wanted to know more about.
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