Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. 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. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
©2014 Anthony Doerr (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
seeing the war from a young man without options on the German side to a blind girl in the French resistance was uncommon and a new perspective for me. characters are well developed, even the bit parts. great read.
Very well written just with a depressing last few chapters. I won't spoil anything but if you like happy endings then this book isn't for you. There is enough negative things in this world and our lives and I like stories to take my mind off of them not be a constant reminder.
You will fall in love, over and over, with the characters of this book; they are delightful and believable and their growth is an incredible part of the story. Furthermore, the book perfectly intertwines history and a fantastical situation, adding some mystery that is present in life, especially during war time.
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I have not recently been so captivated by French and German characters as Marie-Laurie and Werner. This author understands the nature of war: the senseless cruelty, moments of great compassion and the utter banality in it's aftermath. Although presented as fiction, this novel contains frear truths regarding prople's behavior. I enjoyed this book greatly although at times I felt a sense of loss for Werner.
I feel torn. In some aspects I adored this story. But it was very difficult to get through on audible. The nature of the story is subtle and extremely detail oriented.... and as such I would find myself having to re-listen to entire chapters to stay on track. I kept waiting for it to pick up more. But it never really did. All that said- it was worth the listen.
I enjoyed the beginning with the war narrative. And the relationship between the main character and her father who help the blind girl in her formative years.
But then it just became dull. maybe it was the narrator, but I think it had more to do with the lack of action.
Which led me to read and listen for imagery that would relate to concepts. But I found very little of that too. I like the way it ended up in modern times. And I enjoyed, and was able to follow the way the chapters bounced around between time periods.
Good descriptions but very little action.
This Book won the Pulitzer and I'd like to understand why. There are study guides out there and maybe I will pick one up. But not right now. it seemed to be enough of a chore to finish the book.
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I started this book last year and put it down, mistake! I started it again and fell completely in love with it! It is magnificent and absolutely beautifully written. The story is gripping and spellbinding and the language is breathtaking.
I was so drawn into the characters and their stories that I feel as though something is missing now that I have finished the book.
This is one of the best books I've ever read, period! It is so well crafted, such a compelling story and so well performed, it puts a lot of other reads to shame.
Both of the main characters, Marie-Laure and Werner are both so relatable and so real. We can't help but root for both of them from the beginning as their lives unfold. Marie-Laure's disability is so unreal given the upheaval of her world and Werner likewise being caught in this vise of history. Neither seem to have control over their own lives or destinies yet they appear so strong within that context.
Thought the voice in this was so wonderful - not over the top at all and a perfect match for the subject and tone of this book.
Have no idea. It would be hard to capture this book in a sound bite.
Everyone should read this book. Yep - it's that good.
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