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This is the story of Marie-Laure, a French girl whose father is a locksmith at a Paris museum - a locksmith tasked with hiding a priceless treasure as he flees Paris with his blind daughter.
At the same time we follow Werner, the white haired radio whiz who escapes the overpowering poverty of a mining town for the education brainwashing of the Third Reich.
Their paths cross in radio waves in the most unexpected way.
This is a beautifully crafted book. Descriptions are detailed and inviting and unexpected. The beauty of birds on the wing juxtaposed with incredible cruelty toward prisoners.
This book took me a bit to jump in to. The characters are introduced and then the book folds back to an earlier time and slowly moves forward. But - even more was the image of Marie-Laure alone in a house with the fires of a bomb raid creeping toward her. I was afraid for her...how could a blind girl be alone in a burning house.
I cared for her from the very beginning - and so did Doerr!
I loved this one!! Our April book club book