Hi y’all! I have a very interesting post today 😀 I have buddy read All The Light We Cannot See with Evelina from Avalinahs Books 🙂 Instead of going with a normal review post, we will do a conversation-interview discussing the book!
She asked me some questions about the book and I will answer them here. A big shoutout to the sweet Evelina for doing this with me 😀 Kind of feel bad that this book turns out as a bad experience for her HAHA You can check out her post here ! Give it a look ! ❤
Basically. Have you EVER read a book that’s harder to get into than this?? What was it that finally drew you in – the plot, the characters? The writing?
I have to say this book was not the hardest to get into in all of my experiences LOL I find To The Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf was harder to get into than this. For All The Light We Cannot See, the writing finally drew me in. Anthony Doerr has a certain way with words. He writes beautifully!
2. Did you care about the characters right from the start? Did they seem a little alienated to you, not very approachable? Which characters did you resonate with the most and why?
I actually loved the characters, both Marie and Werner’s thirst for knowledge had me at awe. I’ve always been the kind of person to dig around, looking for the unknown, trying to understand it, and that explains pretty much why I went into science. Werner back story has a lot of common of my childhood, so I resonate a lot more with him! He led a tough life but he never really gave up on his ambition.
3.Have you ever read such a strong depiction of the nazi, well, culture? The way they brought up their children and the way their society was formed? Did it shock you like it did me, their values and their thoughts? Which was the most shocking nazi scene for you?
I have to admit like no matter how many books I read about WWII, I will always be shocked. Indeed, one of the shocking or even absurd scenes in the book was when Werner gets measured for racial purity in school :O It went beyond our imagination now but in the peoples mind of that period, was relevant since it was what the government dictates.
4. In this story, there was one character who would not be made a monster, who would rather suffer himself than hurt others. How did you feel about Frederik? What do you think he symbolizes in this story?
OMGAD FREDERIK ❤ Just the mention of him brings me to tears. He was one of the characters that have a burning passion for birds but then due to his physical weakness, was bullied and hurt real bad. Frederik is I believe the representation of the bird theme throughout the book. Different bird species are mentioned and played a role of “spirit” in this novel.
5. How did you feel about the secret women’s society in Saint-Malo? Wasn’t it brilliant?
YES YES YES. I had the chance to spend a lot of time in Saint-Malo since I lived in the Bretagne region for two years ! When they mentioned a secret women’s society I just lost my mind!! Madame Manec, the resistance leader has let them a great legacy. I’m afraid to spoil even more so I have to stop here LOL
6. Normally, books about nazis are “führer this, führer that”. In All The Light We Cannot See, however, there was so little führer, and yet – the regime was as alive as ever. What did you think of this – the way Doerr shows that it is not one man that makes nazism, but rather a whole community?
Exactly! I think one of the main messages of this book is how big ONE man’s idea can spread and the power of words. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (one of my fave books) also mentioned this. Even if Hitler was the origin of all this pain, let’s not forget all the people around and under his command who did a lot of inhuman things.
7. This is not an easy book to read (like many books about WWII). Did you feel that it weighed on you? What is the aftertaste it left you with?
It’s not easy to read but so beautiful ! I only have one gif to describe the aftertaste it letf me :
That’s it for today!! 😀 Big thank you Evelina again ❤ I think we had more fun chatting about our lives than the book LOOL Thank you for the questions, they were VERY VERY good and pretty fun to answer 😉