"What do we call visible light? We call it color, but really, mathematically, all light is invisible."
This is the voice of a mysterious Frenchman, heard on a wireless by Werner, a German boy, and a main character in our July selection All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
These words, the wireless they come from and the passion for science this boy has, all contribute to the choices Werner will make later, when he is sent to France to hunt down and destroy the source of radio transmissions made to help the French Resistance.
It is through Werner's eyes that we come to see a completely unsentimental voyage of two protagonists in what is one of best novels of this century.
This book has so many themes and details weaving their way throughout the story that it has to be read very carefully and slowly. Of course, this is difficult, as with every page the reader is drawn into the lives and visions and want to speed toward the end in hopes that things work out.
Take my advice. Take a deep breath and slow down, you will enjoy it all the more.
Once you have finished, please join us at Capital Public Radio on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss this wonderful work of art.
As always, thanks for reading.