On today's episode of "How to Spot a Historical Fiction Reader From a Mile Away," we have a historical fiction reader starter pack!
To remember how D-Day impacted the world we live in today, we are giving you five must-read historical fiction books set in during World War II.
I could use a good cry.
Anthony Doerr’s word-weaved masterwork, All The Light We Cannot See is being turned into a limited series by Netflix and Shawn Ley’s production company, 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Arrival). All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of six-year-old Marie-Laure LeBlanc…
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No. No relation to that LeBlanc. By the way, that meme needs to be outlawed in the dating app community.
Anyway, Marie (who loves books) lives in 1934 era Paris and suffers from deteriorating eyesight along with juvenile cataracts—she’s fully blind. Her father works in the Museum of Natural History and when the Nazis occupy Paris, Marie and her father flee the city with a valuable jewel from said museum. On a collision course with Marie is eight-year-old Werner Pfennig (who loves radios), an orphan who lives in a German mining town with his sister. He becomes aptly proficient in the art of building and fixing crucial radio instruments—leading to his recruitment into a hellish Nazi school and in turn, their military. The two attempt to find their place amongst a war-torn landscape that threatens to deteriorate the certainty of their existence.
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When the book was released in 2014 it spent one-hundred-thirty weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Doerr’s novel has been praised for its vivid imagery and gorgeous metaphors. His story takes place during a time infested with, and driven by, great evil—but at its heart is a desire to be good to one another. It’s a coming of age story, a philosophical exploration of morality, and a charming exercise in some supremely beautiful prose.
No writer is currently attached to the project nor has any casting news been announced. Netflix has already experienced success with popular adaptations like Big Little Lies—they are also hard at work adapting Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca and Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. It would seem the good people at Netflix have good taste in literature, we’ll just have to see what they do with Doerr’s words. I can’t imagine the magic manifested within the pages of All The Light We Cannot See can be articulated on screen.
Good Luck Netflix.
Although you probably don’t need it because you own us all…
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