Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Review: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr


Rating: 4/5 stars

I have to be honest. I almost unhauled this book on many occasions, but something always kept me from doing so each time. I just don’t care much anymore to read WW2 historical fiction, which is what this book is. I kept passing it over when it came time to choose another book, thinking I’ll get to it eventually.

This year I am doing the Buzzwordathon reading challenge, and June’s prompt is a book with the word “all” in the title. All the Light We Cannot See is literally the only book I own that fits that prompt, so I reluctantly picked it up, seeing no other option. 

Dang, am I glad I didn’t unhaul this! This book is the kind of book that reminded me of why I originally liked historical fiction in the first place. Doerr’s writing is incredible and captivating, and it’s what kept me reading. 

The time and place are less of a focus here than the characters, which I really appreciated. I love that we get to see the POVs from two people on opposite sides that you know will ultimately collide in the end. 

Overall, I’m really glad I ended up reading this book, especially after putting it off for so long. All of the praise this book gets is warranted, and I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to read Anthony Doerr’s newest work, Cloud Cuckoo Land, because his writing style was my absolute favorite part of this reading experience. 

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