Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.
Title: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
First Published: 2014
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.29)
I would recommend this book to you if: you like books set during WWII
The Beginning: At dusk they pour from the sky
World War 2: A blind girl in Paris flees with her farther to live with her uncle. In a orphanage in Germany, a young boy listens to the radio with his sister and develops a passionate interest in science. His passion and skills leads him to join Hitler Jugend. Slowly their stories are entwined – through the radio and through war.
This story reeks of bestseller. It reeks of some day becoming a big award-winning movie. And it is a good and touching story. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t rock my world like many other novels on the Second World War has (like Stones from the River and The Book Thief). And then there’s this bit about a jewel that adds a strange magical touch to the story. It seemed to me misplaced and totally unnecessary. Or maybe I just missed the point.
The writing was beautiful. But I think I made a mistake listening to this one on audio. The changing point of views made it confusing at times, especially at the very beginning. It took me about 2 hours to figure out the who, where, why, and even longer to feel a connection to the characters.