My book club (which I readily admit I’m rarely able to attend) read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr a few months back.  Without giving too much away, I’d give it a 4 out of 5.

I found his writing excellent.  And, the story was captivating for the first three quarters.  Then I felt like it went downhill.  Some others had issues with how the characters’ stories ended.  That was not my problem.  I took issue with the need he seemed to have to touch on everything that happened towards the end of WWII even if it took stretching the story to reach it.  I know this from other sources so it was truly unnecessary and did not add to the book.

In summary, I would read another of his books, but if it resulted in a similar ending I’d probably stop.  That’s unfortunately as this book was enjoyable for so long and then just dragged to the finish.

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