A Good Read

I have just finished reading one of the novels dropped off for us by our local librarian on the day our lockdown started a couple of weeks ago.

I was not sure at first if I would enjoy it so had left it until I had finished the more obvious choices in the pile.  It follows the paths of a blind French girl and a young German orphan through the years of the Second World War leading ultimately to the meeting of their separate paths very briefly in occupied France at the time of the D-Day landings.

Some of you may have already read this book as it is a few years old now.  

I became totally absorbed in it right from the start and found it quite beautifully written and ultimately quite sad.  It may not appeal to everyone but I am quite disappointed that I have finished it so soon.




28 comments:

  1. It sounds my sort of book - I have put it on my list. Thank you.

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  2. He sounds like a Doer/ Doerr. Mrs Northsider is going to read it on Kindle and tell me all about it. Thanks JayCee.

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  3. I read this a few years back. It was magnificent. It also made me cry.

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  4. PS Have you ever read Michael Ondaatje? He wrote the English Patient. He also wrote The Warlight, which was very good.

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    1. No, I haven't read any of his, although I did see the film of The English Patient. I must look out for him next. Thanks for the recommendation Debby.

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  5. I couldn't put this book down - my husband was the same. Magnificent writing.

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    1. Yes, my husband enjoyed it too. It is unusual for us to both like the same books!

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  6. Yes, we had it for our book club a while back. Everyone gave it the thumbs up. Isn't it wonderful when you enjoy a book so much, you don't want it to end?

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    1. I know. I feel really disappointed that I have finished it and am now only left with a Ruth Rendell!

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  7. This is a fabulous book. I read it several years ago and was so moved! Such great service by your librarian!

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    1. Yes, our librarian is very thoughtful and always tries to make sure we have a supply of books. A lovely young lady.

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  8. Like others I read this a few years ago - gave it 5*! Even if I like/enjoy a book it’s not often I’ll rate them at 5.....this was one that definitely deserved it.

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  9. "Totally absorbed"... It's wonderful when a book captures you like that. Isn't that the aim of all novelists? Funny how so many books can be a real chore to plough through.

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  10. Since reading this book a long time ago, it has remained at the top of my favorites list! I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Anthony Doerr writes so beautifully - his books of short stories are awesome too - and 'All The Light We Cannot See' is the one book I will never lend because I want to be there in the bookcase to read over and over in the coming years!

    Glad you enjoyed.
    Mary -

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  11. It's called normalising and aesthetisizing of history. Did any of the Americanisations of language irritate you? I am always interested to.know if people have any doubts about these bestsellers that seem to anaesthesize readers into love and nothing else or do they just not see the anything else? Help me JC.

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    1. At first I did find the use of American English a little distracting, but then the author is American. The writing itself however was good enough for me to look beyond that and enjoy the book for what it was.
      Of course the novel glossed over the more horrific aspects of the war in Europe at that time but I don't always want to immerse myself in that kind of storytelling. The theme of some inherent human kindness appealed to me and in today's world of doom and gloom was just what I needed.

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    2. Thank you JayCee for being so honest in your summing up of reading and enjoying the book. They are not for me but then it would be no good if we were all the same would it. xx

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  12. I'm beginning to think we have similar tastes in reading, Jaycee. This one was given to me by my wife a few years ago with the admonition, "You must read this." I did, after which I thanked her. Yes, sad at times, but masterfully written and a beautiful story.

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    1. It was something a little different for me but enjoyable nonetheless.

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  13. I seem to have forgotten how to read a novel!

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    1. It relaxes me... something I do need right now.

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