Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See

This is the gorgeous title of a gorgeous new book by Anthony Doerr.  I finished reading it on my way home from Houston and I felt transformed by the experience.

When you love a book as much as I loved that one, it's hard not to put on a white shirt, a tie, a pair of shiny Swedish knit pants from Mr. Mac's, and a nametag in order to proselytize the reading public so that they, too, can partake in the rapture.  (Right.  I'm mixing religious metaphors here.)  This, of course, can be a dangerous thing because maybe I just read this book at exactly, exactly the right time so that it spoke to me on a cellular level, which would make me a problematic judge.  Is the book as stunning as I think it is?

I don't know.  But I lived a life apart every time I opened it.  I could taste it.  It's been a long time since I've felt this way about a novel.

Incidentally (and not that it matters), four of my all-time favorite books are set against the backdrop of WWII--

The Madonnas of Leningrad  (Debra Dean)
Prince of the Clouds (Gianni Riotta)
The Lost Garden (Helen Humphreys)

And now this.

5 comments:

radagast said...

Reading it currently. Halfway through.

Melissa Mc said...

The HOLDS list was so long at the library I decided to buy it...now it sits waiting. I've read Madonnas -- it was OK, haven't read the other two...will add to my growing TBR list now. One of my ALL TIME favorite WWII books is City of Thieves -- wow. Just wow. But I could survive on WWII historical fiction.

Lisa B. said...

HMMMM.

I obviously need to read something worthier than the current run of Minneapolis-based police procedural WHICH I AM LOVINGi but which may or may not be good for me. So I appreciate this tip and the list as well. But I may have to finish the police novels. I gots momentum.

CSIowa said...

As worthy as light you cannot see sounds, I think I'm at the police procedural level at the moment. Lisa B., please share the author.

James said...

I look forward to reading it. I just about started this summer at the beach. Hey Lisa B, there is nothing wrong with a good police procedural.