23 September 2015

All The Light We Cannot See Between Two Oceans by Anthony Doerr or M.L. Stedman

So, I have been confusing this book

With this book

     Can you blame me? They both have light in the title. They both have buildings on the cover. They both were getting pretty good reviews. And they both are blue-ish. Even more confusing both books deal with World Wars. Just not the same ones.

     The Light Between Two Oceans is about an Austrailian man living in the aftermath of World War I and struggling with his own demons by retreating to be a lighthouse keeper. His life changes when he brings a wife to the lighthouse, and when a baby appears mysteriously he is forced to make some tough decisions. I liked this one a lot. I don’t think much of Austrailia in either of the wars though I know they were a big deal during the siege of Constantinople, and honestly the book didn’t dig too deep into the history of Anzac Day or Austrailia’s part in WWI. It was mainly a love story, and a very good one. I also loved how the book showed how much lies can destroy and once a lie is told it can only compound and become more and more complex and destructive. 

     All The Light We Cannot See  is a story about a young German boy and a young French girl whose paths converge during World War II. The boy is Werner Pfennig, a young German conscripted into the German army because of his natural intelligence with engineering, particularly the ability to track radio activity. The other is a blind French girl, Marie Laure. Her father worked at a museum harboring a diamond believed to protect the one who carried it at the cost of all around him. When the Germans invade, copies of the diamond are made and sent with each museum worker as they escape the city. Marie Laure and her father go to her great uncle’s house to wait out the occupation. While there Marie-Laure meets Werner in a convergence of a lot of things. I’m trying to be guarded because as emotionally hard to read as this book is, I think it is a great book. The writing is a lot more lyrical than a lot of people are going to get behind, but I love that kind of thing to begin with. But the story is surprisingly easy to read and very interesting.

     So, these books aren’t very much like each other, but they were both pretty good, and I believe I ended up giving both five stars on Goodreads.I plan on reading other books by Anthony Doerr for sure and if M.L. Stedman comes out with another I would be willing to try that one too.