Book review: And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran


And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War IIAnd There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II by Jacques Lusseyran

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

This the story of Jacques Lusseyran who became blind in a school accident when he was eight-year old.

With the advent of World War II, he founded with 52 other boys a Resistance group called “Volunteers of Liberty.” He was by then seventeen-year old.

Due to his blindness, he was in charge of the recruitment of new volunteers to this group. This group grew up and was named later on as “Defense de la France” which was responsible for the publication of underground newspaper in order to provide information for the occupied French people.

In principle this autobiography would be quite interesting. However, the author supersedes so much his handicap that makes the book becoming a low-paced narrative. Certainly, he repeated the word “blind” certainly more than a hundred times.

In this way, the possible history of the French Resistance was missed among this amount of the author’s self-pity all over the book.

Unfortunately, this was a quite disappointing reading since the book’s tittle give a false impression to the readers.

Another interesting review can be found here: Flashlight Commentary.

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