This may be the hardest book review yet for me. Why? Because I have no idea where to start.
Anthony Doerr, the author of All The Light We Cannot See, is absolutely phenomenal. I mean he obviously is as a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Doerr takes you through World War II with a story that has so many levels that you become entranced. I ended up spending hours with these characters that I grew to love.
Unlike Doerr, I am at a lost of words on how to describe my experience with this novel.
The story is split between two individuals, Marie-Laure Leblanc and Werner Pfennig. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris. When the Nazis occupy Paris they both flee to her uncle's house in Saint-Malo. Her story became my favorite throughout the novel. I don't want to give too much away, but Doerr set the scenes beautifully with his words. I was able to fully immerse myself into the story from the description of smells and sounds. I was able to picture the Museum of Natural History as if I was experiencing what Marie-Laure was as she heard the keys on her fathers belt.
Werner Pfennig on the other hand, I felt his emotions, I felt his uneasiness, his nervousness, his love for his sister, and his focus and concentration. Werner, an orphan, is enlisted and becomes a crucial individual for the Nazis. He is extremely smart and self-taught in building instruments. This skill is what got him noticed and enlisted.
You know how in a suspense novel that if someone gives away a key item it ruins the whole story line? That's what I am afraid to do right now. I feel as every little detail from the beginning is important until the very end. So with that being said, take the time to be mesmerized by this story, the secrets alone should keep you entranced until the very end. I wish I was able to start this magnificent novel earlier, better late than never.