July 2014 archive

All the Light we Cannot See

All the Light

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr dropped into my reading lap rather fortuitously for our Paris in July event this year.

The book is set in Germany and France just prior to, and during World War 2. In Germany there is the character of Werner, a young boy orphaned with his sister in a mining community whose mathematical and technical skills bring him to the attention of senior government officials who arrange for him to be taught at an elite educational facility – a training academy for the Nazi’s.

In Paris and later Saint-Malo there is Marie-Laure, an intelligent, curious bookworm blind from the age of six living with her father, a locksmith for the Museum of Natural History. Once Paris is invaded Marie-Laure and her father are forced to leave and take sanctuary with an uncle in the town of Saint-Malo.

Both of the main characters are portrayed sublimely  – there is depth and heart to each of their stories. Doerr moves the story back and forth from the childhoods of both characters to war time France and the lead up to the D Day landing of the Allied forces. This technique builds suspense beautifully and allows the two stories to develop and build in collaboration – bringing two seemingly opposite sides together.

This books was magic – sad, as most wartime stories inevitably are – but written so beautifully. There are many aspects to the story which I am sure I have not really taken in but the feeling of wanting to hear and know more at the end has certainly stayed with me since I finished the book.

What was the last book you read that had a real impact on you and stayed with you long after you had finished reading?



Paris in July – The Week That Was

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And just like that another week in Paris in July passes us by…

We started the week off with a bang with the celebration of Bastille Day and posts by Adria and Vicki giving us their point of view from Paris itself. Tamara made my wandering heart want to jump on a plane to Paris with her review of some of the wonderful markets around the city and a scrumptious food post and Adria let us in on a little secret about the Queen’s visit to Paris.

I loved sharing some of mine and my daughter’s favourite Paris based story books as well as posting an interview with author and Paris in July co-host, Adria about her writing process and reflections on her novel, Paris Rue des Martyrs. Another one of our co-hosts for the month, Bellezza, wrote a gorgeous post about her love of French perfume (and is planning another one for next week). Nichole rounded off our week with a beautiful photographic post showing Paris taking it easy.

How did you celebrate Paris in July this week? Please share your posts in the Mr Linky below. A random blogger will be chosen to win this weeks prize.

The winner of the first weekly wrap up post from the 6th July is Arti from Ripple Effects for her movie review post. Arti, please leave your email address in the comments to this post and I will contact you regarding your prize. 

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