Sunday, February 8, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See: Book Review

HAPPY SUNDAY!  I have a brand new bookish post and book review video - I just recently finished this title and couldn't wait to share it...

It's called All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Do you recognize that scene on the cover?  Think about it for a minute...


Do you remember the little chocolate mouse and the winding streets and the seagulls and that incredible SEA?

This book is set in St. Malo in France -  a city my brother and I visited a few years ago and just loved!  The photo of the Intra Muros on the cover pulled me in initially (c'mon - you know we all judge books by their covers sometimes... ), but I was just blown away by the wonderful writing, the compelling storylines, and the gorgeous descriptions.

All the Light We Cannot See is historical fiction and takes place during World War II.

The Intra Muros (the old fortified part of St. Malo) was bombed at the end of World War II.  It was all rebuilt and is a beautiful place to visit today, but it was fascinating to read more about the bombing and to imagine what it must have been like.

You visit Germany and Paris in this book as well as St. Malo.  There are two main characters - a French girl named Marie-Laure and a German boy named Werner - whose stories are beautifully interwoven through short, alternating chapters.

Marie-Laure is blind, so we see with her - just a vividly as sight could show us - through senses and sounds and discover all the light in the imagination and the mind.  Werner is concerned with a different kind of invisible light - electromagnetic waves travelling through the air all around us.  The radio becomes a fantastic theme.

Here's the video!  Have you read All the Light We Cannot See?  Share your thoughts in the comments. :)

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