First Chapters First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is hosted by I’d rather be by the beach. Feel free to participate.
This week I will be introducing the first chapters and paragraphs of my current read
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
7th August 1944
At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turns cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses. Entire streets swirl with them, flashing white against the cobbles. Urgent message to the inhabitants of this town, they say. Depart immediately to open country.
The tide climbs. The moon hangs small and yellow and gibbous. On the rooftops of beach front hotels to the east and in the gardens behind them, a half dozen American artillery units drop incendiary rounds into the mouths of mortars.
About the book – Good Reads
The book is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
What do you think? Is this a book you would continue reading?