Last year my dad bought my mom a copy of “All The Light We Cannot See” on my recommendation. I didn’t know much about it but I had seen the title floating around. This year, I was looking for reads for my Book Club and I discovered that it had won the pulitzer. My club voted it in.
Within the first few pages, I fell in love.
It’s beautifully written. Ambitious. Unique. I didn’t find it difficult at all to follow along with the switching in POV and the switching in time. That takes talent from an author. I adored our main characters and I found Marie-Laure’s blindness authentic. It’s historical fiction. It’s a World War II story. But it is so much more. It’s a human story. It’s character driven and that is what literary fiction should be. The Pulitzer was well reserved.
Books like this is why I hesitate to give five star reviews to novels I really like, but that did not stun me.