Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge
This book won the Pulitzer Prize?
I hate when everyone loves a book and I just like it.
I feel literary insignificant.
Like I stand on the outside and can't get in.
Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic... I liked it fine, I just didn't love it.
There were good things...
It kept my interest. The writing was good and the author really made me 'see' where his story took place. I really wanted to see how the two stories (Werner's and Marie-Laure's) would converge.
Then, I was a bit disappointed. It was so brief.
But that's just me. Some of my friends and fellow bloggers loved it.
An interesting side note.
3 of my book clubs chose this book to read, review, talk about for this month.
That has never happened before.
Stay tuned and I'll let you know what everyone in my book-clubs thinks of this book!