I read this book because it was on many people’s lists of best historical fiction of the year and also best fiction of the year. I found it a struggle to get through, and if it had not been on all these lists then I would have given up after the first few chapters, but I kept hoping it would get better. It didn’t.
The story starts very slowly and then does not pick up much pace as we go along. It is World War II standard stuff. We have a poor little French girl, some loving, older French resistance folk, a reluctant German soldier (orphaned) with a sister he cares for, a handful of evil Nazis and something that they are searching for. OK, the French girl is blind, but that really is not enough to set this book apart from any other about World War II in my opinion.