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June 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

The children of World War II – Anthony Doerr’s novel ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

 

Anthony Doerr, author of "All the Light We Cannot See"

Anthony Doerr, author of “All the Light We Cannot See”

Thus far Anthony Doerr has been a writer much admired by other writers, but not a household name.  His new novel “All the Light We Cannot See” may change that. Seattle Times reviewer David Laskin called it “stupendous… ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ is a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel.”  In the Washington Post, Amanda Vaill wrote that “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. ”

Doerr discusses his novel tonight on “Well Read,” the books and authors television show on state public affairs network TVW. It airs at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, on Comcast channel 23).

Or you can watch it here:

For more information, here’s Laskin’s Seattle Times review.

 

 

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