I’m pretty sure this is the first time that I have read the Pulitzer Award winning book before it won the Pulitzer. So, that’s exciting. Since it’s probably the only book I read this year that was even close to consideration, I whole heartily agree with the choice. Both Kate and I read it for a book club. Here’s my review and Kate will post her review soon. Congrats Mr. Doerr!
This is a beautiful book.It really is. I guess that should be surprised since it has got nothing but good reviews all over the place. It was all *THE* book of the holiday season, as my bookstore I worked at kept running out of it. Despite all of this, I really didn’t have much of an interest in reading it. It doesn’t fall into my normal fantasy/teen genres but it was the pick of my friend Katy’s book club so I read, I did. I’m glad I did because it’s beautiful.
It’s about Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and Werner, a German orphan. That first sounded a little cheesy at first, especially when since the narratives goes back in forth with their childhoods before World War Two and the lives during the war but it isn’t cheesy. Their stories are intertwined as we watch them grow and at time mirroring each others experiences. In between their stories is the Heart of Flames, a diamond that is housed in the Natural History Museum in France, where Marie-Laure works. The diamond has a curse, the owner will liver forever but their love ones will end in tragedy. As the Germans take over Paris, the museum intrusts the diamond with her father for safe keeping. Soon a German Major Sargent, who’s job is to find treasures the the Third Reich becomes obsessed with the Diamond and tries to track it down.
I’ll try my best to spoil but there may be some spoilers behind the cut. Continue reading
Our friend Katy started an online book club and this is the first selection. I know this book got great reviews but I’m not sure I would have picked up on my own. So far so good. That’s what’s so great about book clubs, is they often challenge you to read books that you normally never think of. (Also gives you an excuse to hang out with friends and get drunk.) Anyway, back to Marie-Laure and Werner.