By: Anthony Doerr
Review: Filled with beautifully crafted and poetic passages, it’s one of the most absorbing books that I’ve read in a long time. The story weaves around the lives of two families, transcending the WW2 setting to capture such vivid imagery that it’s as mesmerising as it’s sublime with a touch of magical realism.
It’s filled with philosophical passages that made me pause, re-read and take a moment to allow them to subsume into my thoughts. There’s an energy about this book that captured me for the duration, a true gift to a reader.
Genre: Literary Fiction, Magical Realism
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2015
Book Blurb: For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.
In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.