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I have finished this fantastic book, and I loved it.

So beautifully written. Anthony Doerr has a way with words I've never seen before with any other writer. His writing is sparse, but every word, every noun, and verb means something. Everything comes to life the way he writes. What an incredible talent.

The story, the tiny details that made the story and the characters seem so real, the fast pace - this book was riveting. I didn't mind the dual POV, either, as I got to know both characters. Sometimes when writers do that, one story is boring, and you want to get back to the other story, or both stories are too similar, but that was not the case here at all. Both stories were solid with characters so different but equally as riveting.

SPOILERS STOP READING NOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO READ THIS BOOK!

 

 





































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing that I was not happy with is when Warner died. At first, I was distraught and stopped reading. I thought it seemed so senseless. He made it through the entire war, even going against the Nazis, only to die at the end. And I couldn't even talk about it because Allan wants to read it, and I was reading late at night - couldn't call my sister-in-law, and the Internet was down, couldn't log on here and complain to you guys!

I kept reading. The reality is, this was a story about wartime, and many, many people died then. It was more realistic, but not the happy ending that I prefer in books.

I understand why Anthony Doerr did it, though. Maybe it would have been less effective had Warner not died. Probably so.

Anthony Doerr did tie everything up, though, and Warner is still remembered and loved. The war affected everyone, and he shows that beautifully. It amazed me how I could be rooting for a character who was fighting FOR the Germans. But not of his own volition. I think that was the difference. Frederick was a tragedy too. Heartbreaking.

I've ordered Anthony Doerr's other book since I loved this one so much.

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Yes!!!!

Now I have someone to talk with abouot this book.

Michele I cannot right now but I'll be back!

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First thing - let me say - this is not the type of book I would have read if not suggested by someone on here.  So thank you to whomever that was.

I did enjoy the book very much.  Anthony Doerr is extraordinarily good at bringing characters to life and drawing you into that character's world.  That was a major part of my enjoyment of the book.  I really cared about these people that I met in the book.  One of them I could even identify with closely.  That would be one of the peripheral characters.

The dual POV as you call it, Michele, was so good at moving the story along.  The chapters - being short - kept me interested in both story lines as I turned the pages.  I kept wondering when their very different worlds would converge.  I have to admit, it was a surprise in the the way that happened and the timing too.  

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There was so much detail about the two main character's lives at that place in time that it gave me a real insight as to how a young boy could be drawn to that terrible life.  And also how a young girl was forced to live during those years when the war was right there at their door step.  I never thought about war in such personal terms as Doerr was able to describe by leading us through their lives.  

When Werner died I felt as you did, Michele.  I wanted him to live.  To be happy.  But I was also relieved when he died.  Everything he did with his mathematical and mechanical genius would have eventually come to haunt him as he grew older and realized what he had done.  He was beginning to realize that he was more like his sister than he knew.  Which was a good thing.

There was a happy ending in a way.  Don't you think, Michele?  Well - not for some of them, I guess.  

What book did you order, Michele?

We need to talk about the title of the book and what it means in terms of the two main characters.

 






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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?

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BuyerOrderTrackPL

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.

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