A Book Review: Doerr’s ‘All the Light’

What better content for my writer’s blog than some book reviews of my favorite recent reading? I hope to post one review per month. Let  me know in comments, what you think and share your reads with me, too.

 I just finished Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and I highly recommend it.  Doerr has the remarkable ability to weave a tale both full of mystery and touching observation, of fastidious attention to the tiniest of details of character and place.  He puts us into the scene and we feel the emotions of his characters at a time of great upheaval, WWII in Germany and France. I could not put his book down, and read well into the night for the three nights it took to digest this marvelous read.  Doerr’s poetic language had me sighing with pleasure along the way and then filled my eyes with tears as he revealed the horrors of war and the inner conflicts of his child characters in a world they could not fully grasp. I quote one of his reviewer’s, Alice Evans,  descriptions of the story by Doerr:

It is “a story about the German occupation of a village in Normandy during World War II, a story of heroism, particularly the heroism of children, whether an orphan girl who asserts her right to distinguish truth from propaganda or a blind girl who learns to see with her fingers as well as her heart.” The orphan girl’s tiny and brilliant brother, Werner, inspires our imagination and admiration throughout the story.

What is amazing about Doerr’s writing is his ability to comb the depths of the souls of these children, to uncover what inspires and motivates them and what ultimately gives them hope and the ability to face horrific dangers, to survive in spite of the them, with sheer endurance and will. 

I cannot recommend this book more. On an added level, it interested me as a writer, providing information relevant to the topic of my next novel, which also takes place during WWII. If I can write a book half as impacting and beautiful as Anthony Doerr, I will revel in the accomplishment. I know it may take years! 

Up But Not Running!

To my many friends and readers, this is to inform you that two weeks after my fun and successful book launch, I became one of San Miguel de Allende’s many  “fallen women.”

Yes, I fell at the wonderful annual fiesta at the SMA Writers’ Conference, while dancing, when my feet slipped out from under me and I caught myself with my right arm—crunch! I’m now in a full right arm cast and you can well imagine a writer’s frustration when she can no longer write all those book scenes rolling around in her head.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I will soon be back in operation. My next novel and maybe a re-issue of my travel memoir are both on the burners waiting for the fire to be lit under them! Check out my book on Amazon and the fine reviews from my readers. My apologies: I took down the Kindle version to make some much needed corrections; it will be back up in a week. Keep posting those reviews, please. 

Attention book group fans: please note that at the end of Under The Salvadoran Sun, there are questions and guidelines for book groups. I would be delighted to Skype with your book group if they choose to read my book. Let me know by writing me at davidsonsher8@gmail.com

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