All the Light There Was
On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris; like many other Armenians who survived the gen ...more
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It is the story of an Armenian community in France (mainly Paris) during WW II when the Germans had occupied the country.
The novel is "bittersweet" in my opinion and is a mixture of history/romance/suspense.
"In writing All the Light There Was, I wasn’t interested in outsized heroism; I was interested in small defiant acts that make dignity and integrity possible in the face of a brutal occupation. It was a time when there was very little light, literally because of blackouts and shortages, and figuratively because of the repression and violence that accompanied collaborationist and Nazi rule." (Nancy Kricorian, author)
"All the Light There Was" is a wartime romance depicting the plight of the Arm ...more
This book was beautiful and complex and I'm still crying. I definitely want to read the other things this author has written. There were lots of details and very realistic characters. It had a very unique perspective. There were some things that I called and others that completely shocked me. This is a book that I'll want to read over and over again.
As an historian of WWII Armenian history, I highly recommend Kricorian's book. She really did her homework on this, and her historical references were dead on. On the surface, All The Light There Was is both an Armenian coming of age and love story taking place in German-occupied France. It's an historical fiction that's hard to put down once you start reading. You don't have to be an Armenian to appreciate this book, though I believe that Armenians do have an advantage due to Kricorian's use of...more
My opinion: This book was amazing. So intelligently written, it reminded me of the works of Chris Bohjalian. There was nothing sticky sweet about this book. It was an incredible raw look at life in France and the daily impact of trying to survive a movement that doesn't want you to survive. This book was intense and powerful when one thinks about the reality of Maral's situation.
Why the 4 stars instead of 5? There was some dryness to the writing that mad ...more
Maral and her brother Mis ...more
will do again,but not now.
To flee or to take a stand?
That was the ultimate question facing Parisians as the Nazi herde approached. For the pegorian family,refugees of the Armenian holocaust,
"remaining where we had a roof over our heads...was better than wandering across the countryside to God knows where." The father decides:We're staying put." p3
This book is the account of that time,told from the point of view of Maral,the daughter of ...more
One of the appeals of children's stories about humanity's horrors is the myth/hope that children can pass through these events unscathed. This particular story has a happy ending, and ...more
Maral is fourteen when the Nazis march into Paris. Her parents, along with many fellow Armenians who survived genocide in their homeland, brace themselves for the hardship and tragedy that the occupation will bring. But Maral discovers that life continues even when German soldiers are marching down her city’s familiar boulevards; the process of growing up doesn’t simply stop just because the world as she knew it has changed forever. Before the war is over, she will witness both the ...more
This is a story of life and loss which takes place in Paris during the beginning of World War II. Most stories of this time period don't take the reader from the time before the war til the some time after the war has ended. This story brings the reader full circle and leaves little to the imagination of life was like living in an occupied city with the fear of bombings going on near your home.
Although the concentration camps are touched o ...more