“What I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere…
It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties.
It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.”
(From the wonderful novel by Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We cannot See.”) Check it out.
All the Light We Cannot See
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Winner (2015)
“I must blame Anthony Doerr for lost sleep, because once I started reading his new novel, “All the Light We Cannot See,” there was no putting it down. Told mostly in the present tense, in short and usually pointed chapters, the story moves briskly and efficiently toward its climactic encounter during the Allied bombing of St.-Malo, France, a couple of months after D-Day. Although the narrative consists largely of flashbacks, it’s easy to follow because it focuses most sharply on only two characters, the blind child Marie-Laure LeBlanc, who takes part in the French Resistance, and the very Aryan-looking Werner Pfennig, a technocratic private in the service of the Thousand-Year Reich.”
William T. Vollman, Sunday Book Review, NY. Times, May 8, 2014
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