Continuing on with my theme of reading historical fiction from World War II, All the Light We Cannot See may be the best novel I’ve read so far this year. Both in the storyline and the way Doerr writes his intricate sentences, it is no surprise that this book won the Pulitzer Prize.
This is the story of two children who each fight to survive and make sense of the world in the face of the sweeping tragedies of WWII. Marie-Laure is a blind french girl who lives with her father in Parisnear the Museum of Natural history. As the Nazis invade Paris, the two are forced to go to her wealthy, eccentric, and reclusive uncle in the seaside town of Saint-Malo. There they take with them the museum’s prize possession: a very rare and valuable jewel with a legend of its own. Werner is a young German orphan who has an incredible skill in fixing radios. This skill earns him a place in the brutal Hitler Youth program and later with Nazi intelligence across Europe. The two children’s lives and the story collide toward the end of the war in Saint-Malo.
The book offers great writing and an intriguing interconnected storyline. I recommend it.