This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.
All the Light We Cannot See is a rare gem among WWII novels - and not only because a gem plays an important role. What makes the book so special is that it is so positive even though a lot of harm comes to most characters and not all storylines come to an happy end.
The book tells the story of two protagonists, Marie-Laure a blind French girl whose father built her a model of the surrounding neighbourhood so she can find her way around, and Werner a German orphan who studies at a Napola mainly to be able to later study with the famous scientists. The fate of these two is linked and they play a very important role in each others life even though they only meet for a few short hours.
Anthony Doerr uses a very beautiful language and often quite detailed descriptions which never seem too long or boring. The novel appears to be very well researched. The short chapters make it a very quickpaced read even though the time period narrated is quite long. The novels is quite suspenceful and I was hooked from the first page. Definitely a worthy winner of the Pulitzer!
(I received a free digital copy via Netgalley/the publisher. Thanks for the opportunity!)