Hello and Happy Wednesday!!
This week I am reading a GREAT book!!
All the Light We Cannot See was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This fantastic book took Mr. Doerr over a decade to write and tells the tale of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Saint-Malo is an area of France that I was familiar with only because of my background in Marine Biology. Saint-Malo has the largest tidal change in ALL of Europe.
I know I am going off on a tangent now, but just check out the tidal range for a week (October 7-15.) IT'S HUGE!!
If you look closely you will see more than a 20' difference between high and low tide. In Florida that sort of tidal range would wipe out many of our beaches for half of a day!
Okay, back to the book. I am loving this story. I am about a third of the way through the book and each page just gets better and better. His descriptive narrative is simply breathtaking. I feel like I am right there in Saint-Malo.
I've been to Germany twice so I do know firsthand some of the areas that Mr. Doerr is writing about, but France is new to me, so that is the part of the story that is keeping me the most intrigued right now.
I have a feeling that something tragic is going to happen to Marie-Laure and/or to Werner's sister Jutta.
Have you read this book? Did you love it? Do you typically read books that win The Pulitzer Prize?