Book Review(Mini)- All the Light We Cannot see

Mini Book Review-All the Light We Cannot See

Author-Anthony Doerr

A terrific book , written so well that you don’t want it to end.

I found the book slow in the beginning but after about 60 pages I was hooked. The sensitive treatment of the 2 central characters Werner and Marie -Laure, the meticulously crafted scenes and the writing made the book difficult to put down.The book is set in WW2 times , in Nazi Germany & France  . It charts parallel stories of Werner & Marie-Laure whose lives are torn asunder by the war but at some point how their paths cross and connect. How the Universe is a canvas of lines that run parallel but criss-cross in another dimension to alter the trajectory of life itself. Crackling with energy and throbbing with life, the lines exist invisible to the eyes of those they touch. The writing is magnificent and is built on vivid imagery. The prose is exquisite and abounds in rich detailing.

“A foot of steel looks as if it has been transformed into warm butter and gouged by the fingers of a child”

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See

“Now it seems there are only shadows and silence. Silence is the fruit of the occupation; it hangs in branches, seeps from gutters…So many windows are dark. It’s as if the city has become a library of books in an unknown language, the houses great shelves of illegible volumes, the lamps all extinguished.”

“Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”

Through captivating scenes the story sometimes flashes forwards and sometimes backwards to charter the course of their lives. How war robs them of their childhood and forces them to grow up sooner than they would have liked ..

All the light we cannot see is haunting .I kept thinking about the book and Werner and Frederick ,long after I finished it . A profoundly moving book that stays with you for a long time ..

Highly recommend ..

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