Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 10 December 2018

The group met on Monday to discuss the 2015 Pulitzer prize-winning novel for fiction, "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. Some members of the group had read this novel twice and had enjoyed it just as much the second time round. Others got off to a shaky start and didn't enjoy the first few chapters so didn't bother reading any more. After a similar start another member read the synopsis on Wikipaedia and decided to start the book again because the plot seemed interesting but still did not manage to finish it. The majority of those who had read all or part of the novel felt that the characters were portrayed very well and had great empathy with them especially the two main characters Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French girl, and Werner Pfennig, a German orphan. The story spans the years from 1934 to 2014 and involves their families and friends during WW2 and afterwards and without giving too much away, there is not a "happy ever after" ending. Scores ranged from 6 to 9½ resulting in an average score of 8.
We shall meet in the New Year to discuss "The Jeweller's Wife" by Judith Lennox.
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