Monday, January 23, 2017

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


All the Light We Cannot See is one of the books that appeared recently on a list of fiction works that former President Obama credited with helping him practice seeing from others' perspectives, and reading it, it's easy to see why. The story alternates by chapters following the story of Marie-Laure, a young French girl who is blind, and Werner, a young German boy who is very good at fixing radios and is a member of the Hitler Youth, during World War II.

On a personal note, I am typically more drawn to young adult fiction and graphic novels than I am to adult fiction, but I find this book very readable and compelling. The imagery is very good, especially when Doerr is describing things the way Marie-Laure experiences them, by smell and sound and memory and imagination.

It is also available at VBPL in downloadable audiobook, downloadable e-book, compact disc, and large print.

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