All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See Book Summary

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).

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  • Long...

    By Terikosan
    Beautifully written saga of several different lives intersecting during WWII. It was a great piece of storytelling but definitely could have used a dose of suspense and/or action to move it along. Found myself trying to rush through the book to finish it instead of rushing through it to find out what happens.
  • So beautiful

    By Christo1224
    Brilliant story written beautifully.
  • All the Light We Cannot See

    By Pat, Hudson Ohio
    This is one of the most amazing WW II books I've ever read. Doerr brings not only history into this intriguing story, but he weaves science, music, medicine and so, so much more into this excellent view of Nazi occupied northern France. The closer I got to the end of the book, the more I realized that this was not just a terrific read, it was an absolutely exceptional book which I've since read over and over. To the person considering this as his/her next book to read, I would say "just don't miss this! You have no idea what this young author has in store for you".
  • Magnificent!

    By Rpnzltchr
    Loved this book; the twists and turns, the characters and the rich descriptive writing. Absolutely beautiful! Stayed up way too late, couldn't put it down.
  • Not What I Expected

    By 1Marigolds1
    I went into this book thinking it would be about the mechanics of WW2, not a story. Yet I still continued to read it and by the end I was crying and smiling. I'm not going to spoil anything. But I will say, if you haven't picked it up then do it! It deserves five stars and I think you will understand why once you read.
  • Great Book

    By TaraBaraCO
    I couldn't put it down. I loved this book.
  • Captivating

    By Jrw387
    Read this book in 3 days and didn't want it to end. The detail used by the author allows your mind to bring you to that exact moment making you feel the emotions of each character. Undeniably one of the best books of our generation. You will lose yourself in this one....and when you get back to reality you will thank god for your wonderful life.
  • All the Light We Cannot See

    By KatsCatsKats
    This masterpiece is packed with Haunting description. It now resides in my top ten Best Reads ever! Timeline masterfully mimicked our own seldom-sequential memories. Easy to read, hard to put down and impossible to forget these characters and the unimaginable choices they made.
  • Didn't get very far

    By 3penny
    I know a lot of people think this book is great. I got bored with it midway through and stopped reading it. Just couldn't get into it, but what I did read was depressing and I didn't really care what happened to the characters. Maybe I've read too many WW2 books recently and need to give it another try. But that won't be for a long time!

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