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Review: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There have been so many books written about World War II that you start to think that it is impossible to come up with a new way of telling such a familiar story. There is a groove in the path of history that points to Europe during Nazi occupation. Admittedly, at times, I grew restless while reading All the Light We Cannot See, wanting just to get to the point already, there must be a point, there’s always a point to these types of books

This is a book that you can’t rush through because only in slowing down do you appreciate what the point is: there is beauty even in chaos; there is order even in disorder. For Marie-Lauré LeBlanc, the blind daughter of a Parisian locksmith, and for Werner Pfennig, an orphaned boy caught up in the Nazi machine of war, beauty and order come from the veracity of the intellectual world. Werner’s gift in being technically proficient and Marie-Lauré’s ability to see beauty in the world even without the sense of sight bind them in a way that leads to their inevitable meeting, and leaves the reader hoping for their escape from such a mad world to be reality.

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