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Mary Lanham

I felt very much the same way. The structure of Light isn’t actually experimental, and for me it got in the way of the story that could have been there. It allowed Doerr to get away with never digging into the characters and instead indulging in lots of poignant, quick scenes. The result was that I felt kind of emotionally manipulated but still distant from the story.

But for the first 150 pages or so, when I still thought the story would start to go deeper, I really enjoyed the read. I wonder what the book would have been like as interconnected short stories instead, since he’s primarily a short fiction writer…