(I wrote this post back in May and am just now getting it posted on here.)
Apparently I am on a, IShouldReadSadWorldWarIIbooks, kick. I read The
Book Thief a couple of months ago and I just recently finished All the
Light We Cannot See.
I stayed up until the wee hours
of the morning to finish this book (and felt it the next day at work). I
had to see what happened. How was it all going to end?
the Light We Cannot See is a book based during World War II.
Marie-Laure is a French girl who lives with her father in Paris. Her
father works at a nearby museum where he is the master of all the keys
in the building. Marie-Laure goes blind at a young age and her father
builds her a small model of the city so that she can learn her way
around and get about by herself. Marie-Laure and her father eventually
have to evacuate Paris as the Nazis come and occupy the city. They
escape to Saint Malo, a small coastal town in France, where
Marie-Laure's crazy great-uncle lives.
Werner is a
German boy, who lives with his sister and other orphans in an orphanage
in a small German mining town. He and his sister find a broken radio one
day and bring it home. Werner studies the radio for awhile and then
fixes it quite easily. People in town start to come to him to get their
radios fixed. When he comes of age, he is recruited by the Hitler Youth because of his age but partly because of him being mechanically minded.
Of course, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner interconnect at some
point. This book is not what I expected it to be, but I really liked it!
stories in this book tell tales of courage and guilt and love and
selfishness and obsession and goodness and doubt etc etc. I thought the
book was well written. I really got sucked into the book and grew to
like the characters or not like the characters depending on who they
were. I must say, though, that the author switches back and forth
between time periods and stories and at the beginning I had a hard time
keeping track, but it eventually became easier as I grew to know the
stories and characters.
Having read The Book Thief in
the past couple of months and now this book, I think it's time for a
more lighthearted and not so realistic book. Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets here I come...