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All The Light We Cannot See shines through

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lightThe problem with getting engrossed in a really good book is that I can’t put it down and life outside the pages of the book comes to a halt. That’s what happened once I got into All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

The story is told in short, staccatto-style chapters alternating between the lives of blind French teenager, Marie-Laure and gifted German orphan, Werner Pfennig. When Marie-Laure and her father, who is the chief locksmith at the Paris Museum of Natural History evacuate Paris just ahead of the German occupation, they travel to Saint-Malo, the medieval fortress town located on the northwest coast of France to live with a reclusive uncle suffering from “shell shock” suffered in the First World War. At the same time in Germany, Werner Pfennig is sent to a brutal and sadistic military training school for elite Hitler Youth where he is expands his passion for radios, mathematics and physics for the good of The Feuhrer.

For the first part of the book, I felt like I was reading a story written for the young adult market, much like The Book Thief. Then, the characters begin to really take on a life of their own. They’re no longer going through the motions of children living through a horrendous time in history and we become more involved in their inner thoughts, fears, pleasures and pain. There is a sub-plot about a rare diamond being hidden from Nazi looters, but the real story is the intersection of the lives of ordinary people during extraordinary times, how they react and survive, and the impact of those times that remains today.

All The Light We Cannot See was ultimately an amazing read and now that I’ve finished it I can finally get back to my ordinary life of eating, sleeping, grocery shopping and laundry. However, I just heard that Harper Lee’s unpublished sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird which she wrote first, has now been discovered and will be published. I’m embarrassed to confess, I’ve never read To Kill A Mockingbird so I may have to drop out of life again for a short while I get that one under my belt. And I may have to add other Anthony Doerr books to my pile of reading material.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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