All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Intercoms crackle. Deliberately, almost lazily, the bombers side altitude.
Amidst catastrophe, amidst an event many dislike to see - war - two children find themselves staring as the bombs fall around them, wondering when there bombs will finally find their way to them. Both are now oriented in a new place, but how long can both survive? Set in Europe, engulfed by horrible sight of war, this book is even more than just a magnificent page-turner.
Marie-Laure holds out an open palm. The sparrow tilt his head, considering. Then it flaps away. One month later she is blind.
Marie-Laure LeBlanc is the daughter of a locksmith. She has been blind since the age of six. Her father was a caring person; his care allowed her to navigate around. However, when the Nazis invade, they are forced to flee, and things change.
'Can deaf hear their heartbeat, Frau Elena?'
Werner Pfenning is a German orphan whose date was to toil in the same mine responsible for his father's death. Lady Luck smiles, he gets a place at an elite military academy.
The gates closed before the door, not after.
Initially, I thought it would be some sort of historical fiction: the typical 'not-my-cup-of-tea', but now, I'd slap myself if I thought so. Well, I attribute that perspective to Anne Frank's diary; I found it boring, and unlike my friends, unemotional in all ways. But this ann is completely different. It is a masterpiece - a classic. Rating it five stars was just inevitable.
This book will definitely be a special one. I read this on my birthday, and I'm really glad I read it. It left me emotional, and I must thank my brother's stars; if I had cried, my brother would have been in trouble. A true heart stimulation was welcomed by me. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't survive if I had been in their shoes.
Speaking of the characters, I loved both of them. Marie-Laure as well as Werner were very intriguing characters, strong-willed, and adept in their own skills. I admire Marie-Laure for her courage and determination. In spite of being blind, she can do so much. Inquisitive Werner made me smile. Both are amiable characters: not impeccable, but don't often make major mistakes.
I really loved this one. Five stars and recommendations to all from my side.
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