Written by Anthony Doerr
This book has been on my Goodreads list forever. I finally bought it at an airport. Smart, considering I already had four books in my backpack for a four day trip (this is why I don’t let myself go into bookstores unattended).
What It’s About
If you look this book up, it is described as a story about a blind girl and a German boy in World War II France. And that’s true. But it’s also the story of a town called Saint Malo – how it is occupied, destroyed, and rebuilt. It’s also a fairy tale of the old school, full of darkness and evil and danger and goodness and redemption. And yes, it is a story about a girl and boy who live a world turned upside down.
This book is magical. I was on a rampage recently about books that jump forward and backward in time. It seemed like everything I read did that, and it seemed gimmicky and annoying. That rant is over. Apparently all I needed was an author who knew how to dance between time and characters in a way that added to the story.
Every character in this book was complete and full. I wanted to know them. I worried about them and hoped for them. I can’t get them out of my head.
I cannot think of a single thing I didn’t like about this book. I’ve never read anything like it.
I didn’t want to stop reading this book, but I didn’t want it to end. I read a lot of books from this time period (as you probably already know), but this one felt fresh and new. I don’t have the right words to describe it without giving too much away. Just read it, please.