Jake, thank you for that! I think I’ll stop reading when I get to that point. I too think the author is heavy handed with the themes.
Jennifer, I agree that a lot seems to be happening around the characters but not with them. I think this is why it took me so long to settle in with it. It almost feels like it’s meant to be a film. Every time I think Werner or Marie-Laure is going to be active, they’re not.