Top positive review
Wonderment, grace, redemption and truth
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2018
Having loved Doerr's "All the light we cannot see," I decided to explore his earlier work, but when I read mixed reviews for "About Grace," I hesitated. Fortunately, I discounted the negative comments and found myself loving his first novel even more than "All the light we cannot see." This is a book that deserves savoring even more than "All the light we cannot see." It requires thought and pondering. Masterful and brilliant, the story inspires wonderment and reflection. It is not a page turner, thankfully, as the main character is slowly learning about Grace, and we can accompany him on this journey, loving the lyricism and magic, if we are not in a rush looking for a thriller. There are times when I had to put the book down because of the foreboding Doerr orchestrates thanks to the main character's prescience. And then take it up to see what will happen. We learn so much about ourselves reading this book and so much about what it is to be human. We learn about grace as well as Grace, and what it takes to find it along with redemption. Not an easy read in some respects, but remarkable, magical and full of beauty.