my take: Sometimes I do weary of World War reads. How, after 70 years, can we still be mining for original stories? Is there no end to it?
This is a WWII story that is so vastly different from others that I sometimes forgot the WW chip on my shoulder. Part mystery, part page turner, part heart-breaker … I read this in two sittings.
Mr. Doerr takes the elements of radios, orphans, museums treasures, and blindness and whirls them together in a tale that encompasses the war from a French and German perspective. The title is mind-bogglingly rich.
The majority of the French perspective happens in St. Malo, a small, walled, coastal city on the Atlantic. I double dog dare you not to want to visit after reading. Hubby, mother, aunt, and I did on our spring trip to France. Worth a read and worth a visit.
my source: Aunt Harriet
my verdict: excellent read
I loved this book so much! Your review is spot on 🙂
This is my current favorite book. I keep recommending it to anyone who asks for a good read (and to many that don't). And I agree, the title is just WONDERFUL.
I loved the mystery/page turner aspect of this one. And those characters! The St. Malo location really is one too… I think I need to tack that on to my (when the heck is it going to happen) Paris trip.
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