I think it was either Pinkie or Martine. And I'm waiting to see if they've read it so that they can join in. Thank you from me too.
My sister-in-law, Kim, also read it and loved it. So after that I thought, okay I'll read it. It is not the kind of story that I would gravitate to at all, either. War story? No.
Kim has read a lot of them, though, so that part didn't bother her so much. She said it's wartime, and . . .
But, yes, I agree, it had a satisfying, if not "happy" ending. Anthony D tied it up so well, and we got to see Marie as an adult. I've never read a book from the pov of a blind girl, and how amazing! To have all her other senses come to life for us to see.
Some critics (I always read everything after I've finished, and there weren't many critics but a few) thought his prose was pretentious and overdone, but I thought it was beautiful. And I hate bulls*it in books. But from the very first page, where he writes of the papers falling from the sky, I was hooked. I was in awe of his writing.
I've seen interviews on him now too, and he said he thought of the idea when on a train or subway?) and someone was upset because their internet wasn't working like it was the end of the world. And it intrigued him, how dependent we are on this device that allows us to do so much.
The only other war book I've read was Sarah's Key. I liked it; parts annoyed me, parts were fascinating. Not gruesome Holocaust stuff, I could not read that. I haven't even seen Shindler's List, because I break down into tears. But Sarah's Key wasn't like that. It was . . . different. Not as great as All The Light, but interesting and parts I did love.
Kim says Gone Girl is supposed to be excellent. I saw the movie but have the book. I am embarrassed to admit that right now I'm reading pure smut from the late 60s - Jacqueline Susanne, The Love Machine. Fun, easy. After I will need something more stimulating.
I've ordered About Grace from Anthony Doerr. Considering how great All The Light was, I wanted to see what else he had.
I get all my books used, but some of them are brand new and so cheap. I get them from ABC Books, have you heard of it Ali?
And free shipping. All The Light was brand new, but I paid next to nothing for it. About Grace cost $6.36, (and that's expensive for ABC) US, including shipping. Most of them come from the UK and I get free shipping, but it would be even cheaper for you. I'll make a post about it.
Have you read Joanna Trollope Ali? Again from Kim, and Susy loves her. I've read a few books, easy reading on the intricacies of human relationships.