The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah



image I’m not certain if it’s several authors that get together in a smokey room with whispered voices and agree to work on a particular moment in history or if authors are all just a little bit seer and the scenarios we write about are warnings or signs of times to come; a little like the guy driven to sculpt mashed potatoes in Close Encounters. In any event, Kristin Hanna is an author to applaud. There’s a good reason this one is on bestseller lists.

Like All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerrit’s written during the horrible human atrocities of occupied France and it leaves me in a delimma. You see, when I read an amazing book in a particular year I can easily say…This is the best book of 20whatever. It’s my own little way of bringing authenticity to the various best seller lists.

As you may know, I’ve already announced All the Light We Cannot See as my best read this year. It’s was only June. I was confident no better novel could be as good this year. I was kind of wrong because The Nightingale is just as good in my opinion. It’s a tie. Anthony Doerr’s writing talent wins, but Kristin Hannah has brought back to life the lessons we should have learned from the pain and suffering of not only the Jews, but of all those who suffered.

Like All the Light we Cannot See, The Nightingale is a masterpiece. It’s the kind of manuscript one would call a career capstone. I’m enthralled and I cried for the sisters. I hope everyone reads it. We need to. We have to see it again to do all we can to avoid a reoccurrence of what drove man to the worst we can be.


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Book Review – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

There are a few books you read in a lifetime and think, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Without a doubt, that’s how I feel about All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

It’s about a gemstone, an orphaned German boy set during WWII and a French girl; the daughter of a museum locksmith. The narration goes from one to the other as the events of the war culminate in a town in France, where the three finally meet.

The tale is profound and heartbreaking at times. I typically avoid anything to do with WWII, it’s just not my preferred genre, but I found this book mesmerizing and beautifully written. The only negative that I can come up with is the title. It’s just not worthy of the story inside. I understand why it’s used. I get the relationship with radio, I’m a radio operator myself, but this novel deserved something better. I don’t know what that is, but I do know what it isn’t: a long title that is so vague it’s hard to remember. Instead, one might be apt to say, you know that book by Anthony Doerr; the good one? That’s the only thing that troubles me. The rest is perfection.

The last, best book I read was Eleanor by Jason Gurley. I loved Eleanor, it was my best read of 2014. So far, this is my best of 2015 and the year is nearly half over. Somehow I don’t think I’ll find anything better; even this early in the year.

Anthony Doerr is the author of five novels and, not surprising, is a Pulitzer winner. He’s practically plastered with well-deserved literary awards. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family. You can check out his website by clicking on his name above.

So if you’re going to read one book the rest of the year, and you’ve already read mine 🙂 read All the Light you Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.