A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of WWII
- For full synopsis click here.
Though not a book I have read for me Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See conjures up ...
#1 WOLFSANGEL: The sequel to Liza Perret's The Spirit Of Lost Angels (you'll be pleased to know there is a third book, Blood Rose Angel, that I'll be reading/reviewing as soon as my copy arrives) this is another story of forbidden love between a French girl and an officer of the Third Reich as the villages of Lucie-sur-Vionne pursue treacherous schemes to swindle the enemy whilst Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission, her strength gained from a stone angel talisman passed down through the generations, as her passion flourishes.
#2 ANGEL OF BROOKLYN: From the stone talisman angel passed down through the generations to Beatrice, the Angel of Brooklyn. An 'American war bride', a former Coney Island show girl, brought to England, who when the men head off to fight in the Great War slowly becomes an object of suspicion and jealousy for the women left behind.
#3 THE RAGING QUIET: The story of Marnie, another woman looked upon with suspicion and jealousy, who arrives in Torcurra to find the villagers whipping the devil out of a 'mad' boy. A tale of friendship, love and determination set in a time when 'Witch' was an accusation thrown at anyone deemed to be other than the 'norm'.
#4 SILENT BOY: Mad? Bad? Or simply a badly 'damaged' child? Silent Boy is the true story of Kevin, also known as Zoo Boy because of his barricading himself under tables between chair legs, and a teacher determined not to give up on this 'lost case'.
#5: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN: Read pre Pen and Paper (find the synopsis here). Another Kevin, another 'unlovable' adolescent who murdered several of his fellow students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. One of the most disturbing and powerful books I've ever read and possibly one of the most talked about books at my reader's group.
#6 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN: Another pre Pen and Paper read (synopsis here). Though completely different, indeed in many ways the polar opposite of the above book, this, the story of an elderly caretaker who goes to Heaven where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in his life, is nevertheless one of the most powerful books I have ever read.
A monthly meme (normally we post the first Saturday of the month) hosted by Annabel and Emma. 6 Degrees Of Separation invites readers to link six books according to whatever connections come to mind.
Hosted by Emma next month, December's book is Us by David Nicholls.