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All The Light There Was (2013)

by Nancy Kricorian(Favorite Author)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 5
0547939949 (ISBN13: 9780547939940)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
review 1: There are many historical fiction books published about the WW II Nazi occupation of Paris but this one stands out as being different and very special. The story is about a young woman named Maral, who is of Armenian desent. Her parents had escaped from their homeland and settled in Paris after the Armenian Genocide. Now they are reliving their past horrors as they witness their friend and neighbors, who are Jewish, being removed from their homes and sent to concentration camps. The story evolves around Maral and her life during the six years that the Nazi's took over their city. This is a story of coming of age, of love, suffering and of death. It is well researched and well written. Nancy Kricorian is a gifted author and I look forward to reading her previous novels... more, Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire. I was fortunate to have won this book from a Goodreads giveaway but this in no way influenced my review.
review 2: I never seem to get my fill of Holocaust books. Maybe it’s because I’m old enough to remember WWII and its aftermath, albeit from a child’s perspective. This one tries to be different, and it is. Told from the perspective of a young girl, it somehow makes the whole thing sound like more of an inconvenience rather than a horror. Not a bad book, by all means, but I just didn't find it very arresting. Serviceable writing. less
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Well written. A blend of tragedy and romance set in Paris during and after the Nazi occupation.
Story of an Armenian family during the Holocaust.
What a beautiful story. I loved it.
3-3.5 stars
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