• Sally Whitney

    Good review of All the Light We Cannot See, Mark. I agree this is a powerful novel. But regarding its taking place during World War II, do you think the culture surrounding any of the more recent wars would foster the cruelty Werner encounters at the academy for Hitler youth? His experiences there still haunt me.

    • Mark Willen

      I’m afraid the cruelty of World War II was far from unique, including the treatment that underage, would-be-soldiers suffer from their own in the wartime cultures of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and elsewhere. I think All the LIght We Cannot See could have been set in any number of places where one army or another occupies a foreign land for an extended period.