Appreciating a Master
Is a Vitamin for the Brain
Anthony Doerr did in fact win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. I recently read, All the Light We Cannot See, the book which earned him this prestigious prize. This book, rich in vocabulary, was not only a page turner, it grabbed the recesses of the souls of the characters, and left them almost exquisitely bare for the reader to feel, know, and even see, in one’s mind; the settings, the intensity of worn torn Paris, the smells of Nazi Germany: all were there for the reader to experience.
What is the message here? Only that when one has the opportunity to read, well, hallelujah! Time at work, on the computer, doing errands deplete the day of its opportunities well worth taking and ever so needed. In a society where an author may write what he feels, researches, and finds in his soul the effort and intensity to express for others, we are ever so lucky to be able to choose to read what he imparted. European history swirls in threads throughout the world today; war never really goes away. It heals to read, even historical fiction. We know in our hearts, there are always tons of good people in bad situations.
To understand is to grow. To grow to peace for the past is to give the present its due: a chance. This book has enough brilliance that this blogger could write many more paragraphs. Leaving it here is enough though, point being, taking time to read stimulates thinking, and thinking about things means we find good and understanding and perhaps, even change a little.
If I were a college lit teacher, or history teacher: extra credit all around for reading this amazing book.