Am I going to be the last person in North America to read Anthony Doer's All the Light We Cannot See? I'm starting to think so.
For whatever reason/s, I was very slow even to become aware of the novel's existence. Then, when I put it on hold at my county library, I was awarded hold number 360, meaning that 359 readers were already stacked up ahead of me. That was on September 12, 2014 - and, as of today, twenty-one of those people are still ahead of me.
Honestly, I still know very little about the book because I've been reluctant to read even the description that's on its dust-jacket. What I know is that it is hugely popular with the library crowd, and that it is on bestseller and end-of-year lists everywhere I look. That makes me want to pick up All the Light We Cannot See as "cold" as possible so that I can judge the book by its merits and not by what others have been saying about it since last May.
But for the benefit of the handful of readers in the world who might still be as uninformed about the book as I am, here are a couple of short videos that just might put the book atop a few more TBR stacks. First, this one in which the author describes his inspiration for the novel:
And, then this one, in which Mr. Doer reads a short chapter from the book: