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
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. ...more
"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 A ...more
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 She really did her homework on this, and her historical references were dead on.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
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. ...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
Maral and her brother Mis ...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
I feel bad about how little I know about what went on outside of Germany/Austria/Hungary/Poland during WWII. It is horrible how many people were sent to work camps, killed, and affected in other ways.
This book was pretty depressing and definitly not a nice, sweet, simple romance. I didn't expect it to be all happiness given the time period and location, but I also didn't expect so much death. ...more
I could not put this book down! This is the first novel I have read involving an Armenian family’s experiences during WWII. This is a coming of age story with strong characters growing up in a horrific time. The book does not dwell on the tragedy to a point where you are sobbing which I appreciate. Strong family dynamics, tragedy, love and loyalty.