by Anthony Doerr
I loved this book so much that it has to be up there with My Top 10 Favourite Books Of All Time List.
It has everything that I love reading about. It’s set during the second World War, it has a hero and heroine of sorts, there’s love and cruelty, beauty and ugliness, it’s quirky yet scientifically precise, it’s heart-breaking yet heart-warming, all at the same time.
“Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of it’s thousands of locks. When she is six Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds her a perfect miniature of their neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When the Nazis occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. His talent for building and fixing these crucial new instruments wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. That leads him to Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.”
Author Anthony Doerr took ten years to write this masterpiece. The writing and imagery is so beautiful that I had to read sentences twice just so I could savour them that little bit longer. Through his words it felt like I was watching a movie because I could visualise everything.
The depth of this book is incredible, it has stayed with me, and will continue to stay with me for a long time. I plan to read it again shortly but this time slower and more mindful and hopefully find some sort of answers to my wonderings.
A rare gem of a book; one I almost don’t want to share.