Today, I would like to recommend one of my favorite books of all time. I have mentioned this before on my Social Media. I love this book. One of my favorites of 2014, and it was recently announced its winning of the Pulitzer Prize.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2015
*National Book Award Finalist
*10 Best Books The New York Times Book Review 2014
Title: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Scribner, First Edition (May 6, 2014)
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
*I gave 5/5 stars on Goodreads
I discovered this book because of mere coincidence. One day, I was at my local library and saw they were having the Author, Anthony Doerr, for a Reading and Signing. I like going to readings and always try to participate in activities organize by the library.When I read the book description, it immediately caught my attention. I love stories that, in one way or another, have to do with World War II and also, a story about two people, so different in many ways, having their lives converging at some point, it was something I wanted to read and to see for myself how it ended. I was also surprised that the Author lives in the same state I do, Idaho.
During the reading, it was very interesting how Anthony first explained the process on writing the book. Ten years for him to finish it and for us to have the pleasure to read it. He explained where the idea for the book came from and all the research he endured while writing it. It was also good to listen to him reading some chapters.
The reasons why I love this book are personal, I mean, like I said, I love reading about World War II. I also like the cover and now that I read it, I can say, I love the writing style and the structure of this book, and the ability of the Author to show us these two different characters, the main characters, and how at the end, their stories converge. You do not necessarily have to like the book for the same reasons I do, but I think this book is worth reading it. Is one of these "one of a kind books". The Author's writing style is so magnificent. This book has everything you look for in a book. A great plot, interesting and well-developed characters, the setting, the period of time, the way description and dialogue are used, a structure that makes it easy to understand and easy to follow with the events and the characters and like I mentioned before, it is beautifully written. And if it helps somehow, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.