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"Étonnant et résolument captivant, le nouveau roman d'Anthony Doerr nous entraîne vers la lumière en faisant revivre les nuits les plus sombres de l'Histoire."
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What an excellent piece of literature! I listened to the audio version in French while following it as a Kindle book in English. The combination worked well: I learned a lot of French while enjoying a superb story.
It is quite fragmented: jumping around the years, forwards and backwards. And focusing on the lives of half a dozen characters. Developing the narrative a little at a time, before switching to another time, another place. It really keeps you on your toes.
Denis Laustriat is an excellent reader: even a French learner like me can pick up most of the words, yet he doesn't hesitate. He builds the excitement.
Doerr provides multiple perspectives, human ones, on a great tragedy. He sympathetically details the viewpoints in an engaging way.
Don't expect happy endings. But if you enjoy fiction where you learn about history while being totally absorbed, then this is the book for you.
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