by Anthony Doerr
6 out of 5 stars (you read that right)
Looking over my old book reviews, I cannot fathom how I skipped this one.
The book got my back into reading again, reminding me of that feeling of getting lost in a book and the enjoyment of the process.
And 'All the Light We Cannot See' is such an amazing book, I probably thought I couldn't say anything that wasn't said so many times.
This is without a doubt, the book that touched me the most. I believe it was so well written and so well crafted that Anthony Doerr must have had some inside read on the ways of the world while he wrote. I purposely never learned anything about Mr. Doerr because as crazy as it seems, I don't want to know anything about him that makes him human, like I am.
I couldn't put this down. I reread it. When I was at the end, I read each word on each page separately as if to make time slow down. I didn't want it to end.
I literally had tears coming down at points. I felt my heart breaking as I was brought in to this world that was so unfair to innocent people. I didn't want to hang out with people the few days that I was so involved with the book. No way did I want to try to share the depth of my feelings.
But then...I bought the book for everyone I knew. I bought so many books from Amazon's Canada site (because I wanted the paperback before they sold it in the U.S. - and this worked!) I still see the book in the Top 10s and I'm not thinking "come on, it's someone else's turn" or "this guy's made enough already". No, I'm thinking I wouldn't mind one bit if this one book took up 1 of the 10 spots in the Top 10 lists for the rest of my life. That way, perhaps everyone would have a copy and everyone would understand what this book did to me. I loved it. LOVED IT.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, The United States
Genre Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
Anthony Doerr is the author of five books, The Shell Collector , About Grace , Memory Wall , Four Seasons in Rome and All the Light We Cannot See . Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Story Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award, and the Ohioana Book Award three times. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho. Become a fan on Facebook and stay up-to-date on his latest publications.