You know just when you use all faith in Bestseller Lists because of the success of 50 Shades of Abuse . . . Sorry, 50 Shades of Grey, a book like this comes along.
Read this knowing that it has spent 60 weeks on the NYT Bestseller List, the same list where Grey has been shown to be a very depressing success (though, congrats on the marketing ability to sell that novel) will reaffirm faith in the reading ability of the public at large.
Because this book is just beautiful.
Honestly, Doerr could win the Nobel Prize based on the strength of this work alone. It is that moving and engrossing.
The sheer fact that people are still reading and buying this makes me as happy as seeing J.K. Rowling give it to a twitter troll who was slamming Serena Williams.
Doerr’s book follows what at first appear to be two separate lives, those of Werner, a German boy, and Marie-Laure, a French girl. Each is out of place. Werner in a Germany that is going to the Nazis because of his status and brilliance, and Marie-Laure in Paris because of her blindness. The lives of the two young people intersect in various ways, and to say anymore than that would be to ruin this story for anyone who hasn’t read it.
But in case you are worried, no, this is not one of those Nazi apologist novels. That is what makes Werner’s story so powerful.
Doerr is one of those authors who trust his readers. Instead of showing you something, and then drawing big red arrows around it and then telling you about – he just shows you, trusting the reader will get. This is so refreshing.
And everything ties into everything. The books, the science, the ocean, the bombing.
Warning – the last 100-150 pages, you will not be able to put the book down.