I recall the moment when I had bought the book and was walking out the book store with the pages in my hand. A women stopped me and said “I absolutely love that book, the ending made me cry.” I smiled at her and went on with my day. After finishing the book, I feel that it is very rare to come across a book that can make you feel so many different kinds of emotions that touch your heart. It evokes all sorts of memories and each character is written with empathy and care. Although, I did not cry, I could feel my throat tighten through several passages. This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Doerr’s way of using words, descriptions and expression is done in such a touching and elegant way. The story is about a blind French girl called Marie-Laure and a German boy named Werner. It is set before and during the German occupation of France. The characters show how no matter how frightening or life threatening a situation could be, there are moments that call us to help. The book begins in France, where both of the characters lives end up intertwined. I don’t want to spare any details, because I feel that it is the sort of book that one needs to read first without knowing what will happen.
At first I read a few pages a day, but after reading more and more, I couldn’t put it down. It was the desperation to know what would happen next and to know what would happen to each character. Doerr writes in a way that makes the words never drag, but flow seamlessly within the short chapters. It was Marie-Laure and Werner who made me feel a lot of empathy and sensitivity. There is a certain intensity when reading the pages that lingers on a little in the mind. Certain passages made me picture a detailed painting in the early 20th century, and there are metaphors which are so poetic you feel the need to re-read the words, just to let them sink in a little longer.