there are very few books where i try to read every word. even fewer are the books that i need to take my time with because the sentence construct is such that the words need careful consideration.
i picked up this book because public radio recommended it; the last time i read an NPR-recommended book, i picked up “the time traveler’s wife,” with which i fell in love. i started to read and was reminded of three books in particular: “the book thief,” “the time traveler’s wife,” and “the goldfinch.” the subject matter lent itself to the first, the needing to read every word the second, and the prose the third.
i can’t necessarily pinpoint why i give this book 5 stars. it’s not overly emotional, nor is there a grandiose ending. while the plot is unique, giving us a blind protagonist and an element of mystery with a cursed diamond, the subject matter (WWII) is not new. i think it comes down to the writing style. mr. doerr is a lovely writer.