NO. 1: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
"This is a rare occasion, where we passionately urge you to pick up a book to read the exquisiteness found in an author’s prose rather than the manifested plot. Doerr’s writing is otherworldly and hauntingly beautiful."
We have finally arrived at number one! This year’s most beautiful novel is our favorite. Stunningly breath-taking, All the Light We Cannot See tells the story about a blind, French girl and a German boy whose lives intersect during World War II. At six, Marie-Laure becomes blind. Her father builds her a prototype of her neighborhood in Paris. Every house, street, crevice is solidified, which she memorizes with her fingers to navigate the streets. When Paris is occupied by the Germans, Marie-Laure flees with her father to Saint-Malo. Meanwhile, in Germany, Werner, an orphan, is recognized for his mastery in constructing and fixing radios. This skill lands him in the elite and the brutal military academy. As Werner travels through Europe, his path finally crosses with Marie-Laure at Saint-Malo.
We refuse to say more about the plot, because we are eager to rave about Anthony Doerr’s lyrical composition. We will be frank with you; this is a novel you read for its richness, its texture and its sugary syntax. Utterly sublime, All the Light We Cannot is one of the most beautiful and inventive books we have read. It is astronomically imaginative and gracefully told. This is a rare occasion, where we passionately urge you to pick up a book to read the exquisiteness found in an author’s prose rather than the manifested plot. Don’t get us wrong, the plot is intricate, engaging, and equally dazzling. The story of Werner and Marie-Laure will have you completely absorb. You sympathize and wonder how you would have reacted in their place. Nevertheless, Doerr’s writing is otherworldly and hauntingly beautiful. His words are etched into your mind, and the wild sincerity and goodness of Marie-Laure and Werner are remarkable. Pick it up, we promise you will drench in every syllable, letter, word, and punctuation.
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