All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
by Anthony Doerr
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Release Date2014-05-06 (added to CC 30 Jan 2015)
Amazon Sales Rank4
MARIE-LAURE LIVES WITH HER FATHER in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie- Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

Member Reviews
(27 May)
(7 Aug 2018)
The book has beautiful flow and expresses the harshness of war through realistic characters, rather than gore and weapons.
(15 Jan 2018)
I did enjoy this book, and I thought there were some beautiful messages in it. I found it a bit hard to start, and there's a lot of head hopping and back and forth in time, and because I found it slow to start, and I kept putting it down, I found myself confused a lot at first. That did get better, and by the end, I was anxious to see how it all played out. Glad I read it.
(17 Sep 2017)
I'm not sure I liked how the author jumped back and forth for POV from chapter to chapter, which were sometimes quite small. It was a good book, but not one of those I couldn't put down. I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I'd hoped I would either. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was a better exploration of this time period in history to me.
(30 Aug 2017)
(30 Sep 2016)
If you're into writing that seamlessly flows, this book is for you
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