Fellowship of the Worms Announcement: All the Light We Cannot See

January 9, 2015 Book Club 19

Howdy Bookworms!

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Mark Zuckerburg decided to start a book club in 2015. I think it’s awesome, I’m ALWAYS in favor of encouraging people to read. But really. Move over, Zuck, you’ve got nothing on The Fellowship of the Worms, yo! Let’s kick off the new year in style and tackle one of last year’s most celebrated works of fiction, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Check out the Goodreads Synopsis:

allthelightwecannotseeMarie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

I know, right? It sounds pretty awesome to me. I’m going to be listening to this one as I won an audio copy during Armchair BEA this spring, but I’m really excited. I love me some historical fiction, and it’s been a while since I visited WWII. I’ll post discussion questions on Monday, February 9, 2015. Who’s with me?!

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19 Responses to “Fellowship of the Worms Announcement: All the Light We Cannot See”

  1. Lost in Literature 108

    Maybe!!! I definitely want to read it but I might need the audio just to keep the pace better. I’ll look into it.

    I did hear about Zuckerberg encouraging people to read this year but didn’t hear about the book club. I’ll have to check that out too.

  2. Elizabeth

    Yay! This book is already on my list. And of course we’d rather participate in book club with your group of fabulous, kind Worms.

  3. Kelly

    If I can hunt down a library copy in time, I’m in! I have seen this book basically everywhere for the last six months. And I always was a book bandwagon jumper!

    • Words For Worms

      Oh heck yes! And link up your review, no matter when you posted. I’m terribly lazy but I know I’ll want to read your thoughts once I finish the book!

  4. Andi

    I was planning to read this one for the current e-reader challenge (by Entomology of a Bookworm) anyway, and it’s on the Tournament of Books shortlist, so I should be done with it by then! I hope!

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