by Kate Hareng

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Set in occupied France during World War II, the paths of a blind French girl and a German boy collide as both try to survive the devastation of war torn Europe.

In Paris, Marie Laure goes blind when she is 6. Her father builds her an exact model of their Paris neighborhood so she can read it like Braille, and walk the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to relatives in Saint Malo.

In Germany, bright and talented orphan, Werner, is snapped up by the Third Reich to attend an elite and brutal military academy. Destined to become a highly specialised tracker of the Resistance, school life paints a stark picture of the merciless and total brainwashing of the Nazi Youth.

Their paths cross in Saint Malo.

A slow beginner for me but a real page turner once I got into it.

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  1. LOVED THIS BOOK. Love so many books. Anxious People is another wonderful book by Frederic Backman that could brighten your holidays and all their stressful moments. Let’s face it, Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, all have their moments…families gathering joyfully every moment is not a slam dunk, haha.
    Also loved the Maisie Dobbs series by Janet Wainspear set during WWI and II.
    Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence is a knock-out. Ann Patchett’s new Those Precious Days, The Midnight Library, The Care and Maintenance of Lies, and for fun, The Thursday Murder Club.

  2. This was a hard book to put down, it totally hooked me in. The descriptive scene setting was excellent, working effectively on all the senses, it was almost tangible. Interesting, very believable characters giving depth and a clever intertwining plot kept me immerced. Small, seemingly trivial details early on become significant as the story develops. Moments of joy, sadness, violence and kindness play with your emoions. I am concious that I am gushing, but this was the best novel I have read in a long time. I highly recommend it. R.

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