Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Quick Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”


This book follows two parallel stories set during World War II. Our main characters are Marie-Laure and Werner. Marie-Laure is a blind girl who lives with her father until the Nazis invade France. Marie-Laure and her father flee Paris to the coast, into Saint-Malo, to live with her reclusive uncle. Unknown to Marie, her father is smuggling a rare diamond, that many believe is cursed with magical power. Werner is German orphan who knows everything about radios. Because of his skills he is sent as a young boy to train as a soldier for Hitler’s army, ultimately using his skills to seek out resistance armies using the radio. We follow both characters throughout there adolescence, until their stories collide.

My Thoughts

I do not understand why everyone seemed to love this book. It never seemed to end and nothing important happened. It just kept plodding along and I just kept reading waiting for the excitement to begin. Contrary to what I was led to believe this book is not about WWII or a love story. This is a book about a diamond that may or may not have magical powers and the struggles that our two main characters go through throughout the War. Considering the atrocities committed during this time period, the "struggles" of our two main characters were nothing. The character stories do not even bring them together until the book is ¾ of the way through and then you are just left wanting more.

While the writing was beautiful, it was not enough to save the story. 

Overall Rating: 3 Stars 

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