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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2015, favorites, owned-ebook

I brought this along to read on a six-hour flight from NYC to San Francisco. When the plane landed, I had just hit the 50% mark and was sorry I hadn't purchased a longer flight: perhaps to France, to Saint-Malo, to wander the streets looking for a little iron gate that led to the sea.

I had to sleep once before I could finish it. I fell asleep with my Kindle in my hands, and my dreams took place within the world of the story: the big house with the spiral staircase running through its center, coiled like a seashell; the boy in the hotel cellar fiddling with the innards of a broken radio, hearing static, then, suddenly, music; Marie-Laure's fingers restlessly exploring the model of the walled city.

This is a book that succeeds on every level. The language is vivid, immersive, astonishing in its ability to draw you into different perspectives. (I particularly loved Marie-Laure's chapters, described exactly the way she experiences the world: in sound, texture, smell, imagined colors -- a vast richness, felt with all her senses, the polar opposite of how I had imagined blindness.) It has sentences, metaphors, moments that could stand beautifully alone, yet they combine to form a whole that fits together as neatly as a puzzle box. It's a powerful story that feels both revelatory and intimate, both devastating and inspiring. Both as small and as large as a single lifetime.

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Reading Progress

July 4, 2015 – Shelved
July 4, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 29, 2015 – Started Reading
December 30, 2015 – Shelved as: read-in-2015
December 30, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites
December 30, 2015 – Finished Reading
January 1, 2021 – Shelved as: owned-ebook

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