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PDNA BookSpeak
 
Current Book Selection

All The Light We Can See
by Anthony Doerr
 Book Discussion Details
 
Next Meeting Date: 
Last Wednesday of the
month at 10:00am


Meeting Location: 
 
Historic Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue
Next Book Selection
 
Deak Wake
By Eric Larson
Upcoming Book Selections
   
All I Love and Know
By Judith Frank
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 Email Rosemary Garrett to join BookSpeak or for more information on our monthly book
discussion group

 
 
PDNA Monthly BookSpeak Reading Selection

All The Light We Can See by Anthony Doerr  

I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony ­Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental — no mean trick when you consider that Doerr’s two protagonists are children who have been engulfed in the horror of World War II. Not martyred emblems, like Anne Frank or the British evacuees on the torpedoed City of Benares, just ordinary children, two of thousands swallowed up in a conflict they had nothing to do with.


One is Marie-Laure LeBlanc, the blind daughter of the widowed master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Shy but courageous and resourceful, Marie-Laure has learned to navigate the streets of her quartier with the help of a wooden scale-model made by her father. He also sharpens her mind by hiding birthday gifts in intricate puzzle boxes that he carves. (Pay attention to all such details. Each strikes answering echoes throughout the book.) She’s fascinated by the marine specimens she’s allowed to handle in the museum, such as the blind snail “that lives its whole life on the surface of the sea,” floating on a raft made of foam without which “it will sink and die.” And she’s entranced by the imagined world she explores in her Braille edition of Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”


But she’s filled with uneasiness by another of the museum’s treasures, a priceless blue diamond called the Sea of Flames, which allegedly endows its keeper with the gift of eternal life and curses all he loves with unending misfortune. “I want to believe that Papa hasn’t been anywhere near it,” says Marie-Laure.

 
About BookSpeak

BookSpeak is the PDNA's Free monthly book discussion forum and reading group dedicated to quality books, good people and great conversations.  Our members read and discuss fiction books, non fiction books, short stories and poetry. 

 
We feature discussion forums for talking about religion, politics, science, philosophy, current events and more and whenever possible we host live author chats.

 


 
 

 

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