Every so often a book comes along that wins a pile of awards and has phenomenal reviews, but I just can’t get on with it. I hate when this happens because it makes me feel like I have awful taste in books, which I probably do to most people, but more often than not the most popular genres just hold no appeal for me.
For this month’s #SassyBooks we decided on “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr – a book that was a little bit different to my typical choices but a book that I was excited to get stuck in to nonetheless. Having won numerous awards since it’s release, I had expected it to be an enthralling read, but I found it to be quite the opposite.
All The Light We Cannot See follows the story of two very different characters who’s lives intertwine during the Second World War. Marie-Laure is a blind girl living in a Parisian neighbourhood with her father who is forced to flee when the Nazis invade whereas Werner is a talented engineer who was earned a place at a distinguished military academy.
I don’t read much historical fiction, but it isn’t a genre I dislike as such, so I honestly thought I’d enjoy this book. I’m not sure if it’s the writing style, but it’s been such a struggle to get in to and I’m slightly ashamed to say I am nowhere near finished. I can easily read a book in a day, but after nearly a month of struggling through this I think I’m going to have to give up on it.
My main issue with the book is it’s construction. The sentences are short, with a distinct lack of characterisation and seemingly forced plot points. It jumps from character to character in frustratingly quick succession which leaves me distracted and unable to build a connection. I like books that are gripping and totally suck you in, but this wasn’t one of them.
For our next book we’ve decided to go for something non fiction and so we will be reading “The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan which you can buy on Amazon here. Marina had just graduated and was destined for great things, with a job lined up at a massive publication and a play about to be shown at the New York Fringe Festival, when she was killed in a car accident. This is a collection of all of her work discussing the struggle we face as we try to use what skills and talents we have to make an impact on the world.
Have you read All The Light We Cannot See? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.