Author: Anthony Doerr
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: no
I have visited the country: yes (many times)
This book I read in 2015, and it quickly sored to the top of my must reommend list. I have a daughter who is legally blind, and the main character is blind in this book. The book was given to me shortly after my daughters diagnosis, but sat for a year on my shelf. I couldn't bring myself to read it. I would walk by it and remember that it was a present and I really needed to read it or get rid of it, and decided to read it. And I am so sorry I had waited so long to delve into this magnificent book.
We live in Switzerland at the moment, and in Basel - right on the borders of Germany and France. I have been into France around a dozen times since our move here, and I fall in love with this country more every time I enter. If you have a chance to put France on your list - not just Paris but Normandy, Saint Malo, San Michel, and Alsace as well - please visit. It is a beautiful place.
On to the book!
It was pretty powerful.
The story isn't a hard read, and will hold your interest. Marie-Laure and her father must flee Paris when the war starts, and they end up in beautiful Saint Malo living with her great-uncle (who is an agoraphobic) and his house keeper. Werner, on the other hand, is discovered to be a brilliant engineer from an early age (can fix about any radio he comes across) and is quickly admitted to a science academy for Hitler youth. It covered the span of their young life, and then jumps in the end to the year 1974 and then to 2014. I love a book that shows what happens to the characters when the "worst" is behind them and how it shaped their lives.
I wish I would have read this before we traveled to Paris in 2014. I could see some of the places they talked about, and I think I would have tried to include Saint Malo into our trip then. But I have been to Saint Malo since and it is one of the prettiest places on earth.