I'm about to make a very bold statement: I think this is the best book I've ever read. EVER.
Have you ever seen The Neverending Story
? I was the kid, this was the book. I kept hearing "it's 2 stories in 1!" But for me, there was more like 10 stories. I was submerged, enthralled, surrounded by [b:The Blind Assassin|78433|The Blind Assassin|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327876197s/78433.jpg|3246409].
I can't imagine reading another book, ever, for the rest of my life.