About Grace by Anthony Doerr

After reading ‘All the Light we Cannot See’, I was intrigued to see what About Grace had in store. I can’t say I was particularly impressed, but there were a few things I could appreciate. The dreamlike narrative is arguably reflective of David’s dreams and blurs the boundaries between dreams and reality. There were some beautiful passages but I found it mostly monotonous – maybe this was the intention but it didn’t make for enjoyable reading.

There were subliminal contemplations about time, fate, memories and what constitutes our past, present and future throughout the novel, which raises interesting questions for the reader about the trajectory of our lives and our power to influence what happens to us.

For me, I felt there was too much focus on creating the dreamlike writing over the development of the story itself, which made it a bit of a struggle to get through.

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