Firstly, some of you may have noticed that this book took me very long to read. That was not because I didn’t enjoy this book, quite the opposite! I loved it so much that I wanted to enjoy every poetic detail, I cherished it so much I didn’t want it to be over.
The story contains two, or actually three, different stories. One is a story of a blind girl in Paris, another about a boy who is in a training school for Hitler’s Reich, and the third is about a dying man who’s desperate for a cure. All of them were told in such a way that you can’t help but have compassion for all the main character, even if they are so different.
The one object that connects all of them is a precious stone called the Sea of Flames. They say it has a special power: the holder will live forever, but everyone he loves dies. That almost supernatural aspect is awesome and it really adds to the story.
I think the goal for this book was to show how everyone was, in a way, a victim of the war and Anthony Doerr most certainly succeeded in that.
This book is a work of art, written very beautifully and poetic and so vivid - I really felt like I was a part of this story while reading it.
I’m going to be honest: normally I don’t really like historical fiction and I doubted I was gonna like All the Light We Cannot See. But this story was written so well, the characters so well developed, that I couldn’t help but love it! So thanks Anthony Doerr for introducing me to a whole new genre.