#LoveOzYA (2/?) » The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery… .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

La Vie en Rose (English version)
  • La Vie en Rose (English version)
  • Édith Piaf with Robert Chauvigny and his Orchestra

Song: La Vie en Rose / The Three Bells

Artist: Édith Piaf with Robert Chauvigny and his Orchestra

Record Label: Columbia Records 38948

Recorded: 1950

Here’s an interesting record especially with the anniversary of Burial at Sea Episode 2 coming up soon.

While the original French version has been featured here before, Édith Piaf sang an English version shortly after her success touring the United States with Les Compagnons de la chanson.

As you may recall, all the records of Burial at Sea have been featured here before.

Here are the compilation posts for your perusal:

The Records Behind the Music of Burial at Sea Episode 1

The Records Behind the Music of Burial at Sea Episode 2

Édith Piaf (left) with Robert Chauvigny (right)

Robert Chauvigny was a classically trained musician and arranged music for Édith Piaf for most of her career. He would also bring the accordionist Marc Bonel to work with the orchestra.

Together with manager Louis Barrier, the three would remain a stable constant throughout Piaf’s life.

Not only did Chauvigny tirelessly play the piano for rehearsal sessions and conduct the orchestra for “Milord” , “Le mots d’amour”, and “Non, je ne regrette rein”, but he provided the mysterious voice for “Un étranger”.

Listen to the original French version here.

Listen to the Piaf’s English version of “Les trois cloches” here.