“But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize (2015)
Read June 2016
Throwback Thursday to when I bought this book at one of my local bookstores, La Tertulia in Old San Juan.
I heard very good things about this book. The book did not meet my expectations, however, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. On the contrary, I did enjoy it very much, just not in the way I expected. The pace of the book is rather slow but I loved this book for its characters: dear Marie-Laure, Werner always the dreamer and Etienne with his stories. While I was reading it I grew attached to it and Marie-Laure and Etienne’s part of the book was like coming home to something familiar. Werner’s side left a lasting impression on me as it details his life at a German military school and later as a soldier. This book is sometimes quietly entrancing, other times loud in a way that makes an impact. While the story may be slow at times, it makes up for it in other ways.
4 out of 5 mortars
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