Sassy Books: All The Light We Cannot See

Tuesday, 25 August 2015
I have a confession to make: I haven't actually finished this month's book. All The Light We Cannot See is actually quite a big book and I thought I had given myself enough time to read it but evidently I haven't. The book is just over 500 pages long and I'm finding it to be quite slow. I am over half way through though at 360 pages so I'm going to write a little review of the book so far. But please don't take this as a solid review as my opinion could still change by the time I reach the end. I won't be giving it a star rating and if you want to see how I got on for definite you'll have to wait for my August Reading Wrap Up. I definitely think I'll have finished this book by the end of the month as I'll have no wifi for the weekend!

So this book features the lives of two very different children during WW2. First off we have Marie-Laure who is a young blind girl who lives in Paris. Despite being blind she has quite a cosy life and her father is always working hard to provide the best for her. He also creates lots of activities so that she knows how to get around by herself and what not. On the other hand we have Werner who was raised in an orphanage in Germany with his younger sister. He is facing a lifetime working in mines until his talent for repairing radios gets him promoted through the Hitler Youth. You can tell throughout the book that he is quite moral and definitely doesn't agree with what is going on around him but he has to pretend he does. I know that their paths are going to cross but I still don't know how. Although the more I read I am beginning to get an idea and I'm maybe not so happy about it! 

I couldn't help but compare this book to The Book Thief. They have very different plots so I'm not exactly sure why but I think if you liked The Book Thief then you will enjoy this book too. Or maybe it's the really strong father-daughter relationship between Marie-Laure and her dad that reminds me of Liesel. I'm not sure! Despite finding this book really slow I am actually quite enjoying it. I've only been reading a few chapters at a time and have found that I'm really savouring it. The book is written in quite small chapters and the writing style is very lyrical and quite poetic at times so it's ok to only read a short amount at once. The sentences are really short and so are the chapters which gives it a very fast and choppy pace. 

So in conclusion despite not finishing this book I am really enjoying it and am finding it quite nice to actually take my time with it. Some other bloggers who have reviewed the book as part of the book club are: Colours and Carousels, Shy Strange Manic, Momentarily Dreaming, Life In Ginger.

So what about next month? September's book will be The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan(buy on Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository). This is a non fiction novel and consists of a collection of essays. Marina had just graduated university and had a career in the writing industry laid out in front of her. But unfortunately she died in a car accident. This collection of her essays was published after her death and I'm expecting it to be a really interesting and good read. We have only had non fiction books in the book club so far so hopefully this will make a nice change.

If you'd like to join in then all you have to do is read the book! We publish our reviews on the last Tuesday of the month. In September this will be the 29th of September. If you write a review then I will include it in the link up at the bottom of my post. Please tweet using the hashtag #sassybooks if you plan on joining in!

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