I have put off reading this book because of the WWII setting. I read too many WWII books in my teens and it just doesn't interest me any longer. Also, I thought the book would be depressing and maudlin.
I was wrong.
I am at risk here to use too many cliches in describing the story, but Mr. Doerr's technique of going back in forth in time until all the stories come together on August 8th, 1944 is very effective.
All the chapters are short and the plot moves amazingly fast.
And "All The Light We Cannot See" is NOT depressing nor maudlin. Just a wonderful story of two ships passing in the night.
Damn. Almost made it :).