People often ask me for book recommendations, and I always make sure that they have read this before I even try to think of anything else. So, so, so, so good.
One perspective in this book is of a young blind girl from France, which Doerr uses to capture a completely unique way of experiencing the world.
“To shut your eyes is to guess nothing about blindness. Beneath your world of skies and faces and buildings exists a rawer and older world, a place where surface planes disintegrate and sounds ribbon in shoals through the air.”
– Anthony Doerr
The other side of this story is told by a young German boy whose interest in the mechanics of radios leads to his involvement with the Nazis.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. But, hey, it won a Pulitzer, so you don’t have to take my word for it.