“Don’t you want to be alive before you die?”–Madame Manec, All the Light We Cannot See
- Here’s what happens:
- This is the WWII story of Marie-Laure, a blind girl living in occupied France, and Werner, a small German cadet and electrical prodigy, and their overlapping and disparate attempts to find and save the good left in a bleak, war-torn world. Mix in a cursed gem stone, mysterious radio broadcasts, and a handful of puzzle boxes, and you can start to piece together why this intricate and luminous story is often compared to a work of art.
- It’s good because:
- It truly is crafted like a piece of art, with countless glimmering details that add up to a story that is almost inconceivable in its beauty and comprehensiveness. Doerr’s language is fairly simple, but he creates moments in time that I would hang on my walls if I could.
- Read if:
- You enjoy pretty literature, the kind of F. Scott Fitzgerald-esque story-weaving that makes you step back and marvel at the different ways we can communicate the human experience. I read this book while traveling through England and Croatia, and it was a wonderful feeling to have the prose in my purse match how breathtaking the stunning castles and churches I often found myself wandering through were.
Up next: Japan with Haruki Marukami’s Kafka on the Shore!