All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

  • Release Date: 2014-05-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 8,351 Ratings

Description

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

Reviews

  • Beautiful

    5
    By MJbibb
    Loved every second
  • Loved it

    5
    By SmartyFace23
    Loved the way this boom is written. The book jumps around but it’s easy to follow. Couldn’t put it down.
  • The Light We Cannot See

    1
    By Greenrodeo
    I bought this book based on some very prominent reviews. Big Mistake. Just four hours into the reading of it, I’m done. Way too slow moving, depressing and boring.
  • What was the point?

    2
    By Annoyedwithyournicknames
    Life and how disappointing?
  • Great book!

    4
    By BookAddict1126
    Loved it.
  • Difficult to plow through

    1
    By TKScrabble
    There are so many and so many descriptions throughout this book that the story and characters get lost. To make it more confusing the author jumps back and forth though different time frames, which really do not add to the story or its telling. And then: the two main characters are together for less than a day and one of them gets killed! I waded through all of this for a terrible ending! And then the stone is mysteriously somewhere! Good grief. So bad.
  • A must read

    5
    By Zaelora
    This book is so captivating. It’s mesmerizing. You will not want to finish it, because all the emotions it makes you feel, you’ll become addicted to it. Everyone should read it.
  • All the light we cannot see

    5
    By boooooooookworm📚
    This book had me captivated until the very end. I was in awe of the way the story was written. It made me cry and only really amazing books can make a person cry.
  • All the Light We Cannot See

    5
    By awilder19
    Loved it.
  • If you like WWII fiction, you’ll like this

    5
    By Jayline87
    Beautiful story with characters you can’t help but fall in love. So many great elements to this book: the telling of the story from both sides of the war, through the POV of children. I loved the way the story was structured so that you knew what it was leading towards. I think that added to it rather than spoil it. Completely worth the read.