Doerr writes of Marie, a blind French girl, who leaves Paris with her father at the beginning of WWII to stay with a reclusive uncle in Saint-Malo. Ultimately Marie’s life intersects with Werner’s. He is an orphaned German boy with outstanding engineering skills. I loved quite a few aspects of this novel and especially the beautiful writing. The descriptions of settings and characters are wonderful. I wish I could have loved the novel entirely. But I found its coincidences (the meeting of Marie and Werner) and its fantastical element (a large, mythical diamond) simply too hard to digest.
Gwenamon says: Much less than brilliant