Love In Paris Illuminated By “All The Light There Was”

thAll The Light There Was used a young narrator to illustrate the impacts of World War II on an Armenian family residing in France during the occupation. A few weeks ago, I read The Book of Aron, where a young Jewish boy wrestled with morality in the Jewish Ghetto. His story was pointed and deep, something that was missing in All The Light There Was. Here, the main character, Maral, didn’t express the same weighty opinions of her experiences, but she was pleasant to follow. Aside from a few events that showed her allegiance to the Resistance, the book focused on Maral’s love life, which was immature and happened too quickly to have much impact. This was a light read that examined the depths of a young girl’s heart.


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