Marie Lauré is the main character in a book by Anthony Doerr called All the Light We Cannot See. I loved this book. When I read it, I thought I’d never understand what was going on at first. The story jumps back and forth between two lives, and one of those lives is the heroine, in the best sense of the word, Marie Lauré.
I had a visceral reaction to Marie Lauré. When I got to the end and closed my reader, I simply gasped. I had developed such an affinity for this character, such an empathy, that I didn’t want her gone from my life so quickly. Did I mention the book is 500 plus pages long?
I might also mention that I have not always been a good reader, and at one time, when diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, was identified as having a reading comprehension problem. Reading hasn’t always come easy for me, and reading a book with 500 pages certainly felt like a momentous challenge.
I was so drawn to Marie Lauré, that I never wanted the story to end. This is the first time I’ve been so wrapped up in a book that I didn’t want to get unwrapped.
I created a way for me to stay in touch with Marie Lauré, to spend more time with her and to never let her go.
This book made me aware of the artistry of book writing. Although I write songs, as creative a process as it is, it is very compact. To create characters that somehow move into your brain and make a home there – now that is an art! I so admired this working of art in “All the Light We Cannot See”, and I had so much emotion on finishing the book that I created a way for me to stay in touch with Marie Lauré, to spend more time with her and to never let her go.
“And so what is love, but moments we share when our time is at hand, and hands intertwine. A moment ago you soared through my soul, but you’re gone now, Marie Lauré.”