Tuesday, August 30, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the light we cannot see is a mesmerizing and emotionally charged novel by Anthony Doerr, winner of 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Dreamy prose and the stark World War II backdrop create a world of wonder and terror for the two main characters in this story. 

Blind Marie-Laure and her Paris Museum upbringing is worlds away from that of Werner, a boy who is brought up as an orphan in Germany. Though the characters exist separately and in different worlds, it becomes clear by the narrative that what is important in life is far beyond that of country, curse or religion; that the reason to do something has little to do with what is imposed upon who we are and all to do with what we do with our own light. 

Doerr smartly executes his meaning through rich description and strict adherence to his themes, weaving them together seamlessly to create fascinating insight into war-torn Europe and the human soul. The reviewer said this is now one of their all time favourite books.

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