All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
I heard about this book quite randomly – I believe from The Skim (an e-newsletter I receive). It looked intriguing so I put it on hold at my library and waited. And waited some more. By the time it became available, about 4 months later, I had actually forgotten about it! It was a kindle book and I only had three weeks to read it, so I dove in fast. I was worried I wouldn’t finish in time, but I had NOTHING to worry about! This book was an engaging page turner. I was hooked from the first chapter. All the Light We Cannot See is about a boy and a girl whose separate paths briefly cross during World War II torn Germany and France. Warner is a young orphan in Germany who is fascinated with radios. His skill with them leads him to serve the führer, albeit hesitantly. Marie-Laure is a young, blind girl living in France with her father. There is a mythical diamond called the Sea of Flames that weaves steadily throughout the story as well.
What I especially enjoyed about Doerr’s book, was how he chronologically told his story. It was not the typical start at the beginning and tell things as they happen until the end. Rather, he bounced back and forth in time, almost telling two stories at once. He jumps from a few important days in 1944 and the past leading up to those days. Doerr skillfully weaves the timing and characters together into a gripping, fascinating coming of age story about two young people. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story itself. I was sucking into their world and it was hard to come to the end.
Summing it up: I loved the book and I would recommend it!
What do you think?
All the best,
Just like many books have an introduction, I decided to begin this blog the same way. I have enjoyed reading for as long as I can remember. My parents instilled a love of books in me by reading to me from a very young age. I remember countless picture books from my childhood from “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to “Sheep in a Jeep.” As I grew older, my dad would read chapter books to me. Inevitably, he’d finish a chapter and I would beg him not to stop, but it was bedtime and he’d laughingly refuse and say, “That’s the beauty of a chapter book!” I loved hearing his voice read “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Boxcar Children.” My mom had almost the complete collection of “Nancy Drew” from her childhood. I poured through those books and my sister and I would see who could finish more books first! There hasn’t really been a time where I have stopped reading, only slowed down. For instance, when I was in college (being a history major, I read tons of books, but very few for my own personal enjoyment), or when I had my two sons within two years (my book club was the only thing that kept me reading). At the beginning of 2015, I found myself coming out of the fog of intense baby days (my sons were 2 and 1) and having the desire to read and read A LOT! Since then, I have grown my enjoyment into a love and passion. I currently read my monthly book club book, children’s books for my sons and a variety of books for my own enjoyment. One thing I probably like just as much as reading a good book is talking to my friends and family about it! What is it about a good book that makes you want to share it with everyone you meet? That is part of why I’m starting this blog; I want to share the good (and the bad) books with you and maybe you’ll enjoy them (or dislike them) as much as me. I also want to record my thoughts so I can remember what I liked or didn’t like about each book, or how my sons felt about their books. I hope that you enjoy my thoughts and opinions and I’d love to hear yours. There are few things as wonderful as a book discussion!
All the best,