Enough has been said about Anthony Doerr’s stunning prose that I don’t need to go too much into it. I think everyone can agree, his writing is gorgeous.
I avoided reading this book for a long time because I couldn’t imagine how a book about a blind French girl and a German soldier in WWII could possibly be not be depressing. With a description like that, you may as well title it: The Most Depressing Book You’ll Read This Year. Surprisingly, I didn’t find it depressing.
If anything, I found it uplifting. Doerr uses the backdrop of brutality to demonstrate how people preserve their humanity even when the world is doing its best to take it from them. Doerr’s unwavering focus on beauty does more than just make him write pretty words. It’s a celebration of life.