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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See is an amazing historical fiction novel that tells the story of World War II from the perspectives of various characters. It follows the stories of Marie-Laure, a blind french girl whose simple life with her father is turned upside down by the war and a task entrusted to them, and Werner Pfennig, a german orphan who’s noticed by the Hitler Youth due to his talents. I don’t really want to get into details because I don’t want to spoil the book for you guys, but trust me, you won’t regret picking it up.

This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. While there were many times I felt really warm and happy reading it, there were also times where I felt so devastated by what happened. I think the reason why I loved it so much is because it was a book where I learnt things I don’t think I can learn anywhere else. There’s just something about reading the story of the second world war from the perspective of individuals that opens up our eyes to things we didn’t see before. I highly recommend you to read the book because I feel that we all have a duty to truly understand the war and never let it happen again. And also because it is an extremely touching novel that widens your perspective.

Other than the educational advantages to the book, I feel that the plot and story was just alright. The variety of characters and how they are all related to each other was incredible. But I think that the plot was a let down as I generally knew what was going to happen before it even happened. Like way before it happens. Maybe it’s due to the style the author wrote it, but I prefer a novel where I have to constantly guess what’s about to happen. I think that when a book keeps me in suspense, it’s done a great job.

Overall, it was still a phenomenal story that I loved and I think Anthony did a great job telling us how the war was really like.

[SPOILER ZONE]

Reading the book was like going on a journey through the second world war with Werner and Marie-Laure. It was wonderful to see two very different people with different backgrounds and stories intertwine with one another. Along the journey, I really felt a connection start to grow between the characters and myself. And at the end of the book, while reading the last few chapters, I remember together with Jutta and it brought me to tears because the loss of Werner was absolutely heartbreaking.

Werner’s death taught me a couple things about what war can do to a person. He was so young when he died…too young to be lost to war. But I’m pretty sure there were children younger than him who were thrown into the war and lost their lives too. And my heart aches for them.. And though I’m REALLY sad that he died (I wanted him to live and meet Marie-Laure again), I guess I understand why Anthony killed him off.

I guess it’s the same about Marie-Laure’s father as well. In the war, there were people who left and disappeared, never to be found again. And I think it’s worse that her father just disappeared and she never found out what happened to him. I think it hurts more not knowing what became of him than receiving an official statement that he died.

The way it was written, with it’s flashback style was really interesting as well, especially since it was my first time reading a book with such an organisation of chapters.

Anyhoo, it was a good novel and you should pick it up too! Also, if you have any ideas or comments, feel free to drop me a message!

Catch y’all later!

Johanna

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