“All the Light We Cannot See” (Anthony Doerr) – A Poetic work of Prose!

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Author: Anthony Doerr

Genre: Historical Fiction

Year of Publication: 2014

Pages: 530

ISBN: 1476746583 (ISBN13: 9781476746586)

Synopsis

This Pulitzer Prize (2014) winning masterpiece by Anthony Doerr is a mesmerizing tale about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever”Anthony Doerr (quoted from “All the light we cannot see”)

Our Rating

5_star

Review

The narrative is composed like a classic symphony; taking the reader high and low with its notes.

If prose was ever allowed to qualify as poetry, then this book would be among the initial few qualifiers. It is absolutely hard to believe that this book was written in the current decade, or in the current century for that matter. It has a stamp of Classic Fiction Writing all over it. The narrative is composed like a classic symphony; taking the reader high and low with its notes. It fills your surroundings with soulful melody and takes your emotions on a ride that you just don’t want to end.

The book is just impossible to put down. You cannot wait to see what happens next.

Anthony Doerr does with Marie-Laure and Werner in “All the light we cannot see” what Margaret Mitchell did with Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in “Gone with the wind”; He brings these characters so near to the reader that you just cannot avoid feeling what they feel; you yearn for them. The book is just impossible to put down. You cannot wait to see what happens next.

The fact that this book won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2015) actually increases the credibility of the awards.

Despite moving to and fro in time and having been narrated with multiple perspectives, the story flows ahead without any hiccups and culminates most beautifully. This is one of those books which you cannot avoid visualizing as a movie, yet you desperately wish that it is never adapted as one, because you just wont tolerate any alteration in the story. It is what it is because it is what it is; nothing less, nothing more.

The fact that this book won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2015) actually increases the credibility of the awards.

The Final Word

You might’ve read¬†many books themed on wars, but you couldn’t have come across a story as beautifully narrated as this. A must read book for its beautiful prose, the depth of the characters and the wonderful story that it presents.

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