All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All the Light We Cannot See is the power of the love that lives within us...connecting us to the universe...tying together the fates of complete strangers in the midst of a cruel and evil war. All the Light We Cannot See is the joy within our own minds...our perception of the world from its sounds, smells, vibrations...our memories and our imaginations...music and words traveling through time and space.
World War II:
France- a blind child and her locksmith father, living in Paris...a love that transcends everything...forced to flee for safety...carrying a priceless treasure.
Germany- an orphan boy and his sister, living in a Children's Home...a bond that has survived loss...separated by opportunity...the boy a scientific genius.
Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See is a masterpiece of historical fiction. We follow the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl forced to leave her home and take up residence with a mentally fragile great uncle, and Werner, an orphaned German Boy who is recruited by the Nazi Army because of his talent with radio waves. The difference between these two children is that one is ruled by fear while the other is empowered by it...one chooses to be blind while the other cannot help but see.
Strength and justice exist in the most unlikely places in this novel. It is the damaged, the broken, and the weak who behave righteously and make positive change. Good and evil blur and we witness the power of choice in defining who people are.
This novel is a journey back and forth through time...it is the death of innocence and the birth of principles.
Zach Appelman gives an amazing performance in the reading of this audiobook. This is a must read (or listen to) for anyone who has pondered how humanity survives the malice of war and can still find the light.