I felt as if my heart was sheared from my body when he died of a landmine in the end. It caught me by surprise because I was looking forward to a happy ending.
In this morning I found an interview of Anthony Doerr. He won a Pulitzer prize “All the Light We Cannot See” in 2015. I’ve read the book in Japanese translated version because I needed to prepare to join a talk show event which guests the translator in this month.
I empathized him when I’ve read this interview article. Because when he was a child, he had read the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s also my favorite stories.
“All the Light We Cannot See” is girl and boy are the main characters. I speculate confidently Doerr’s fable was effected from Narnia story.
One of the protagonists is Marie-Laure who is a blind girl. She doesn’t have a mother and father is seized, disappears into Nazi prison. The family is severed by the second World War. However, her maid supports her without shirking or complaining.
The other protagonist name is Werner, the boy has a talent for science. That is the reason why the little boy’s liberty and peace were shattered by the German army.
He was killed by a landmine. I couldn’t believe that conclusion when I read. My heart was sheared off by the incident which he passed away. because I hoped a happy ending this story.
Anthony Doerr: ‘I grew up where to call yourself a writer would be pretentious’
homework: shirk, shear, shatter, sever, seize