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Monday, July 4, 2016

Book Club Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr

This is a book review of my Book Club's pick for the month of June - All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is a story set around the 1940's during World War II and jumps between two main characters - a blind girl Marie-Laure in France and an orphan boy Werner in Germany. Told at a time when Germany went to war and invaded France with both the characters being deeply affected by it and how they lived their lives during and after the war.

Both Marie-Laure and Werner are strong characters with their stories told parallel to each other with very short chapters which quickened the pace and switched between the past and present day.

It took me a while to really get into the story but once I did I was hooked. The last third of the book really builds momentum until the very end and leaves you wanting more. The writing is beautiful both in the expressive words and quotes and the meaning behind the story.

I have read many wartime books but this story was different in that it was told through the eyes of children during the war, what it was like inside Hitler's Youth schools and how childhoods were affected forever.

I recommend this book to those who like wartime stories told from a different perspective through the eyes of youth.

I give this book 5 stars out of  5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd give up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

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  1. I really do enjoy books about times during war, but sometimes they can be a bit unnerving. I can't imagine what the children went through in Hitler's Youth schools. Interesting that the author chose to tell it through the children in the book.


    1. It was a real eye opener with the kids and youth schools Carrie I really recommend this book if you like wartime stories :)


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