Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saint-Malo photos, for all readers of All The Light We Cannot See

post #245
     Many people I know seem to have read Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See.  I have not finished it yet, but my friend George Ella said in January that it was the best book she will read all year.  It took me many months to realize that the city of Saint-Malo which is featured in the story is a place I visited -- for the first time -- in May, 2014.  And being me, I took photos there.  And made an album in my Zenfolio account. I have finally put it together in my head that I can share those photos with readers known and unknown by putting the album on this blog.  And today's the day!

        While figuring out how to do this, I followed a link to where I discovered this marvelous photo of Saint-Malo.  I wish I had seen it before my visit.  Even in walking the wall all around the town, I couldn't get a feel for how it sits on the English Channel.  I am including this whole Goodreads section, I think, though there are other reviews on that site as well. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in literature this year.

 PART ONE, the photo and a book review from

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

This book has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I've ever read. It's brimming with rich details that fill all five senses simultaneously. It's full of beautiful metaphors that paint gorgeous images. I didn't want this book to end, but I couldn't put it down.

"In August 1944 the historic walled city of Saint-Malo, the brightest jewel of the Emerald Coast of Brittany, France was almost destroyed by fire....Of the 865 buildings within the walls, only 18


  1. Another book to add to my reading list! Lovely photos. How delightful. Thank you.

  2. The album is beautiful. I love the gull photos. Is the sailing ship moored there a replica of Cartier's ship?