New York Times Number One Bestseller and Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
I picked up Anthony Doerr’s book All the Light We Cannot See when I was in London, after returning from my Topdeck Tour. The last leg of the tour was spent travelling Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Netherlands, whom were heavily involved in WWII. This sparked my interest and desire in finding a book with elements of that time in history, leading me to All the Light We Cannot See.
I vividly recall the lady at the register seeming surprised by having such a young reader purchasing this book, telling me that this was supposed to be a really good book as it had raving reviews and had won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Little did I know on that last day in London, I would spend it at varying spots, reading and not putting this novel down. I was the girl reading in Starbucks across from the bookstore with her morning coffee, in the Kensington Gardens soaking up the last of the summer sun, at yet another café ~ Paul waiting for a friend and our final goodbye, at Heathrow Airport before my long journey, and while soaring high above the world on the airplane home.
Anthony Doerr’s words immersed me into a time before, his choice of vocabulary dancing poetically off the tongue. His story telling not but a tale of war, but of the goodness people have at heart. His beautiful and haunting choice of words, however, became all too difficult to comprehend and understand when faced with fatigue and brain fog associated with chronic illnesses. All the Light We Cannot See, became a decoration on my side table for what seemed all too long. It would not be a book I would recommend to anyone who is tired, in pain, or in need of a book to pack in their hospital bag.
A year-and-a-half after first picking up this novel by Anthony Doerr, I have finished it. It may have taken me a while when faced with fatigue, pain, and other health issues, but I still found the story remarkable and so beautifully told. I smiled. I cried. And I still loved the story within All the Light We Cannot See.
About the Author:
Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons.He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
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About the Book: