It had been a while since I checked up on book review submissions and I was absolutely delighted to see Rachel Maxwell's name next to this review for one of my favorite books, All the Light We Cannot See. Rachel is one of the wisest and most generous people I know and I look forward to many more reviews from her! Hopefully I can goad her into opening up the vault of her tremendous poetry collection... until then- enjoy this fabulous review of a fantastic book!
Reviewer: Rachel Maxwell
Book title and author: All the Light We Cannot See By, Anthony Doerr
Overall Score: 9
A quick snippet about the book: A beautiful novel about our connections to each other. Set in the European theater of WWII, this story follows the experiences and growth of a curious blind girl and a German boy genius.
Read when you are in the mood for: A history lesson (historical fiction), Excellent writing READER HINT: Use the tags below to find other books that match this mood
Ideal for reading: On a beach, On your commute, With your book club (good conversation starter), Before you go to bed, On a rainy weekend
Highlight: We so often characterize the experiences of WWII in platitudes like "The good war" or "The greatest generation". This story brings us down to earth level for a small handful of people during that time. And it does it with real human senses of past and future.
Low point: No strong criticism of this book but I was left with a vague sense that I wanted something more.
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