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The title is perfect.  It describes (IMHO) all the things we cannot relate to if we do not try.  There is so much going on in the world that we do not ever notice because it's just too darn hard to dig that deep.   Marie cannot see at all with her eyes but she can see with her mind and with all her other senses.  Werner, on the other hand, wonders a bit about the music that comes to his radio in the nighttime while he and his sister listen.  It seems his sister grasps that there is a much bigger world out there and a greater purpose to life than Werner does, especially when she listens to the music and wonders who plays it and where it comes from.  
Who would ever guess that Werner would find those answers personally during his time with the Nazis.  Finally - the light dawns for him.  Yeah?

Ah, very insightful.

I thought about the title too, Marie could see so much more because she could not 'see' with her eyes. I loved the way Anthony D. lets us into Marie's experiences through her sense of touch and smell - the detail he had when describing what she felt and 'saw' was amazing. She was the survivor - not Warner, who was so smart, who could "see" so much, but Marie, a blind girl.

Remember how he described Warner: "All the things you could be." And so sad that it never happened --- because he couldn't see the land mine that he stepped on. He couldn't see or wasn't looking. He was burnt out, walking around blind like so many of us do. What a waste of his life, of what he "could have been." So sad. How many of us waste our lives like that? We take things for granted or rush to get this done or that, or work, work, work, meanwhile, life whooshes past. 

This would make for an excellent English essay. (I majored in English and we used to dissect books).

But Werner does see right from wrong. He chose not to report the signal coming from Marie's home; it was too beautiful, too special for him, that he had to keep it safe at the risk of his own life.That he saw. And that's not when he died, even though his decision put his life in peril. He dies when we thought, and he thought, he was safe. He stoped being so cautious, stopped seeing.

It was amazing (again that word) to me that Anthony D. managed to make Werner so likeable, but he did. He was just a kid trying to survive. He had a conscience and felt guilty for not standing up for Frederick. He knew it was wrong (he saw) and yet if he had stood up for him, he would have probably suffered the same fate.

Werner's sister sees, yes, but not all. She gave Werner such a hard time when he left, and what choice did he have? If he had stayed, he would have had to leave soon, anyway. There I thought she was unfair, and yet I understood why she felt the way she did. 

I thought she was not as well developed a character, and was more for the sake of tying things up at the end. But I will reread this in a while and pay more attention to her.

Oh, you know who else comes alive through risk is Marie's uncle. Once he begins with the resistance, he finds his purpose. He even leaves the house for it, something that he has not done in years. He becomes alive again. I liked him a lot.

Allan is reading this right now. Warner hasn't died yet because he hasn't said anything. I wonder if he'll be as upset/annoyed as I was?
Oh Michele, I want to hear what he thinks about this book too!

Yes, Marie's uncle!  What a fascinating man.  You know what I find in reading this is that everyone of them has a story.  
The book is not what I imagined it to be - even when I was more than half way through it I thought the ending would be different than it was.  
And God said "let there be light".
Then General Electric pushed him out of the way and the era of Corporate America was born to rule the universe.
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