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For years and years, Catcher in the Rye has held steady at the top of my list of favorite books. I’ve read a lot of other really good ones, but nothing blew me away quite like that one did. But after reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I’d say that Holden has to share his title. Because holy crap, that book was beautiful from start to finish. I can see why it just won the Pulitzer Prize.
We picked All the Light We Cannot See as our May choice for my Book Club. Normally I’m not especially into historical fiction, so I probably wouldn’t have chosen it on my own. But damn. That was a great book. When I tell my friends about how they MUSTREADITIMMEDIATELY, they ask for a summary. This is what I say: “It’s about a boy who’s a German soldier during World War II and a blind girl in France during that time. Eventually their paths cross in unexpected ways.”
While true, this synopsis doesn’t do the book justice at all, so here’s how Amazon describes it:
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
The language is gorgeous. It’s deep without being depressing. Basically I’m going to wait two days and start reading again from the beginning.
Have you read All the Light We Cannot See? What did you think? If not, read it immediately then give me your thoughts as soon as you finish.