Jul 29, 2016

All The Light We Cannot See


all the light you cannot see / anthony doerr

"open your eyes and see what you can with them before
they close forever."


Set in the backdrop of one of the world's deadliest war, All The Light We Cannot See holds so much promises in its synopsis alone, and I assure you that it won't disappoint. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this book showcases the struggles and hardships that WWII had caused to millions of people -- particularly, though, to Marie-Laure and Werner.

Marie-Laure LeBlanc lives in Paris with her father, a locksmith at a museum. At age 6, she loses her eyesight and thus becomes blind, eventually compelling her to enjoy her books in Braille and navigate her way outdoors with only the sense of touch and hearing. When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure and her father flee to Saint-Malo, where they stay at Marie-Laure's great-uncle's place to evade danger.

Werner Pfennig, a German orphan, is fascinated by radios, machinery, and mathematics. With his capability to fix radios and technological devices, he lands himself a spot at an academy for Hitler Youth. Leaving behind the orphanage and his younger sister, Jutta, Werner is trained until he is sent to track down the resistance as his assignment, which thus lands him to Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure amidst the tragedy of the war.

Everything about this book is absolute perfection! While I found the middle of the book slow-paced and dull, I found myself enjoying this immensely as the intensity of the conflict strengthened along the way. This book alternates between two points-of-view -- particularly between Marie-Laure and Werner -- and alternates between the past and present. I was largely impressed by the way this was executed because it was done smoothly and professionally!

We get to learn about the two individually, especially with regards to their background, and I loved reading about Marie-Laure and Werner so much. Their characters had so much depth and experience. While I enjoyed reading about the two immensely, my heart ached terribly reading about their struggles.

This book is bound to make you cry terribly.

It's not an easy book to read because it leans more towards Adult fiction instead of Young Adult, based on the depth and heavy vocabulary of the story. But this book is so beautiful! It's hard to put down. Even if it will cause you so much pain, you'd want to continue this book even more. The author has intense writing techniques -- immensely lyrical, almost like a song to your head. Reading the words that the author wrote just made me, a logophile, fall head over heels on his intense vocabulary and word usage.

As I read this book towards the end, I wept. My heart was torn to pieces. Because while it talks about the destruction that World War II brought upon to the world, it also had so much hints of love. You can see it through the way family members were held together as they braved through the war. How separation was too painful to bear. How being closed to a loved one is impossible amidst warfare.

All The Light We Cannot See is a brand new favorite of mine, though it is not YA. I urge you all to read this because it is one that you should never miss! This book won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; I do believe that the literary content and the beauty contained in its context were worth everything to give this book its rightful prize.