All the Light we Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

WW2 has always fascinated me.

This fascination started with reading a book about the military history of WW2. I believe this book kindled my excitment for economics where despite figures like Rommel and technologies like the Tiger Tank, Germany lost simply due to worse economic conditions.

From there, I read The Good War by Studs Terkel which gave an incredibly deep look into ordinary, everyday people living under the war. All the Light We Cannot See is the last book in this marathon. It bring us into the journey of two main characters, one French and the other German, and we slowly drift along history. This isn’t a story. It’s a slow trudge through history.

Doerr’s writing is breath-taking. It’s one of the few instances where I felt pressure to read and reread every sentence in hopes of becoming a better writer.

One of the most beautiful books I’ve read.


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