Monday, 22 June 2015
This week I wanted to do a novel review as I recently finished Anthony Doerr's All the light we cannot see. A friend and I recently started a book club with a couple of others. She thought this would be a wonderful first read and I have to say it truly was. Doerr's novel is based around the characters of Werner and Marie-Laure. Two people living different lives in separate countries that find their way to one another. The fast paced nature of the novel made it thoroughly enjoyable. The style reminded me of Ian McEwan's Atonement, very descriptive and detailed. It was a novel that allowed me to enjoy the richness of literature and the fulfilment it can give a reader. There was a niche link between a beautiful storyline and the horrors of World War II. The reader is able to gain a glimpse of the harsh terrors of War and the way it affects individuals, families and towns. Doerr intertwined each of the characters' lives perfectly, giving each one a purpose to the story. I enjoyed reading the development of the plot as it moved back and forth between the year and individual. On completion of this novel I was able to understand why Doerr allowed himself over five hundred pages to explore with; creating a slow build up of heightened anticipation gave the plot a sense of purpose. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys an easily understanding and rich storyline.