Updated: Mar 1
Author: Anthony Doerr
Page Count: 545
This historical novel set in World War II tells the colliding stories of a blind girl named Marie-Laurie and an orphaned boy named Werner living in Germany.
Marie-Laurie and her father are forced to flee Nazi occupied Paris to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo. Her father, an employee at the Museum of Natural History, carries with him what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel. Leaving Marie-Laurie in the care of her reclusive great-uncle, her father sets off to return the jewel to safety.
Meanwhile, in Germany, orphaned Werner catches the attention of a German Officer with his expertise at building and fixing radios. This talent earns him a position in the brutal academy for Hitler Youth and a special assignment to track the resistance ultimately leading to the convergence of the two life stories.
"You know the greatest lesson of history? It’s that history is whatever the victors say it is. That’s the lesson. Whoever wins, that’s who decides the history. We act in our own self-interest. Of course we do. Name me a person or a nation who does not. The trick is figuring out where your interests are."
The vivid details and descriptions in and of themselves are worthy of reading this novel at leisurely pace. Narrated from alternating perspectives of Marie-Laure and Werner in an easy to follow format.
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