Book Review – All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

 

Books for filling in hours of mundane plane travel. Gosh as an Australian, those hours are far greater than the rest of the world. We can get some serious reading done on our plane trips. This book is a must read. Pack it, read it whilst planning your next trip, enjoy in front of the fire, enjoy on a beachchair.

Having read a dreadful book with my book club we sought something that was going to keep people coming to book club rather than something that was going to challenge us.

The book we chose had the following awards

WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION

The Pulitzer is usually enough for me, but multiple awards must be good.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was our book to prevent our book club from folding.

Wow, what a book. There is some seriously eloquent (far greater than my present review) writing in this novel. This author has only written four previous novels and is brilliant. The story picks you up and transports you to the setting of the novel. You fall in love with the characters and the story unfolds in your hands delightfully as the pages turn.

It is not a happy marshmallow ending type of novel and certainly was not written with the idea that Hollywood happy endings require. It is a delicious story set during the war. I found myself looking up where St Malo was on the map and wanting to add that to my ‘places to visit in France file’

This is not a recently released book but rather one that slipped through the cracks and I was reading other things. I will be testing out another of this authors books as he writes so melodically. The pictures he creates are both beautiful and tragic.

 

If you are like me and you missed this one, get it. It’s a great read. It’s not potentially a poolside read but if you are looking for a compelling story rather than a fluffy getaway, I think this will tick the box.

‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’ A quote from the book.

Click here for a link to purchase more books by Anthony Doerr.

Click here for more information about the author.

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