Looking back on the books I’ve read this year reminds me what an insanely good year this was for reading. 2014 brought new Murakamis and a new David Mitchell, and it introduced me to some fantastic authors I had never … Continue reading
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
by Anthony Doerr
Scribner; May 6
Hardcover; 544 pages
Source: Received from publisher for review
Marie-Laure grows up in Paris with her father, the master of locks at the Museum of Natural History. Although she is blind, she is fascinated by the mysterious beauty of nature, and she delights in touching the tiny coils of snails, the smell of ocean mollusks. Her father builds her a wooden model of their neighborhood so she can memorize the streets by touch and learn to navigate on her own. When World War II closes in on Paris, Marie-Laure and her father flee to Saint-Malo, a small town on the Brittany coast, where they live with her shell-shocked great uncle and his housekeeper.
Werner grows up with his sister in an orphanage in a German coal-mining town. When they find a crude radio, the siblings are entranced and Werner teaches himself its workings. He becomes known around the village for his skills with radios, and people come from all around to have him fix machines that seasoned professionals couldn’t mend. His talent lands him a spot at an elite military academy, where he learns to use his knowledge of math and radios to track the Resistance. Eventually, his work takes him to Saint-Malo, where his path intersects with Marie-Laure. Continue reading