All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Book Summary

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*

From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, 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.

*Soon to be a Netflix limited series from the producers of Stranger Things*

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. 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).

All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) Book Reviews

A must readThis 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..Score: 5/5

LoveSimply Amazing.Score: 5/5

Completely recommendI love this book so much. Especially science there so much tea in this book. But, I do wish there was more of a plot twist. Overall it’s a great book..Score: 5/5

A shameful degradation of blind womenA shameful degradation of blind women and girls. No excuses after all the progress that has been made. Are there wholesome people who really think that blind girls and women who have everything else going for them except their eyesight need to be bathed by their daddies? Is it really possible that in the 21st-century, we could imagine such horrific misinformation coming out of World War II? I lived in Germany and spoke with elderly blind women. There was nothing like this in what they described. A book like this could give a pervert excuses in handling someone who isn’t sighted. Is it really what it looks like, that an author with a lot of other books in tow can then squirt out a quagmire and call it a Rose Garden?.Score: 1/5

All the light we cannot seeA long and sad telling of such a horrific event. This book was very “wordy” with a lot of historical and geographical details that all led to an awful ending that was probably all too often true of war. Sad nonetheless. Not a pleasant journey for me..Score: 1/5

BeautifulBeautiful wonderful book.Score: 5/5

Nice stpryNice story however it did become predictable and redundant towards the end..Score: 4/5

Loved itLoved the way this boom is written. The book jumps around but it’s easy to follow. Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Loved it!Great book!.Score: 5/5

MehMuch has been made of this novel, which in my opinion could have been reduced by 200 pages while still keeping its voice. Great prose but it plods and plods. Overrated..Score: 2/5

Difficult to plow throughThere 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..Score: 1/5

AmazingWhat an incredible book!! Loved every second reading it. Thank you for writing this incredible novel!.Score: 5/5

Beautiful bookLoved it..Score: 5/5

All the Light we cannot seeBeautifully written, but for me the story just was not all that new. The characters were cliche and boring..Score: 3/5

Let downI read this after I read “the nightingale” and I think because the other book was so good, I felt this was horrible. I had to force myself through every page.Score: 1/5

Great book!Loved it..Score: 4/5

All the Light We Cannot SeeLoved it..Score: 5/5

Was a tough readI’m not saying this wasn’t a good book. It was just a hard read. Disjointed. I get what the author was doing, but it was just too disjointed for my liking. I’m by no means a simpleton, however, when I have to look up the meaning of the author’s words every other paragraph, that gets old. Almost like his ego is based on how many obscure words he can fit in. The story itself could have been amazing, if I wasn’t slogging through trying to read a disjointed, wordy book..Score: 3/5

The Light We Cannot SeeI 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..Score: 1/5

A masterpiece of connectionThere is a great deal that I like about this book and Doerr’s other novels, but two things particularly stand out: Doerr connects his characters through time, space, ideas, books, common passions and war. Their connection drives the story and it’s suspense. And in this novel and “Cuckoo”, it is the children who navigate the cyclone of moral dilemmas set upon them by the adult world. Also, much of the best imagery and insight is related from a child’s perspective which gives it an undeniable freshness and transcendence..Score: 5/5

SuperbExcellent book. Read it. Highly moving and important..Score: 5/5

Riveting, happy, sad, intriguing story!The story spans the years around WWII and how various characters survived. You can watch children grow and mature, letting their imaginations loose in your mind. The pictures in my head will be there for a very long time, as if they are memories of my own. Wonderful book, hard to put down!.Score: 5/5

BeautifulLoved every second.Score: 5/5

Trite story in great settingTrite story in great setting—blind motherless girl meets albino tech-savvy boy—what are their chances?.Score: 2/5

Tried four times over the years can’t finishBoring and unfocused, I wanted to finish it but life is too short..Score: 1/5

A literal journeyAlthough many other reviews state that the book starts off slow or that the characters are hard to connect with I did not feel that way. Right from the jump it pulled me in and made me want to read more. The author’s language and imagery never fail to paint precise scenes in your mind. The storytelling and connections among characters also intertwine beautiful all throughout the book. Truly a good read from start to finish..Score: 5/5

All the Light We Cannot SeeEnjoyable, but not a satisfying ending..Score: 3/5

Beautiful bookA remarkable novel. Sad, sweet and incredibly touching.Score: 5/5

All The Light We Cannot SeeI am a black and white thinker. I’m trying to see gray. This book perfectly nuances all it means to be human. It offers a honest perspective from every side. This is one of those books that can change you. If you let it. I will read it again in a few years. Just brilliant..Score: 4/5

Keeping hope aliveVivid storytelling combined with a story structure built like a pyramid to take the reader to a level of comprehension only possible in the very best fiction. Doerr mixes the most beautiful and grotesque of human behavior together without losing the message that we should all keep hope alive..Score: 5/5

War and LoveGreat convoluted story.Score: 5/5

Ugh!I loved the characters! I wished the story flowed better or differently. It was difficult to read because of the changing timelines. This is a heartbreaking story!!.Score: 3/5

Great book and beautiful storyReally loved reading this book. Great story and very interesting to see the world from the perspective of a blind girl..Score: 5/5

All the Light We Cannot SeeThis book is the best book I’ve ever read. It should be made into a movie..Score: 5/5

All the light we cannot seeThis 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..Score: 5/5

Beautiful book!So beautiful, even the ugliest parts of war, tragic and awful are somehow made poetically beautiful. I found this to be the perfect beach book, leisurely winding down a multi-stranded path, with tension mounting to pull you through!.Score: 5/5

BreathtakingI’ve never before had simple words move me so deeply. The author had my heart on a pendulum, from elation to devastation. He captured what I imagine to be the honest essence of what the horrors of that war did to everyone in its wake. The characters feel as if they are actual acquaintances of mine, such minute detail was used in describing the hows & whys of what they did. I cannot recommend this book highly enough..Score: 5/5

If you like WWII fiction, you’ll like thisBeautiful 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..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it downThis book has everything from love, adventure, and heartbreak spun into one amazing story!.Score: 5/5

What was the point?Life and how disappointing?.Score: 2/5

MagnificentThe story is woven together beautifully with well thought out characters and intricate details. I loved it!.Score: 5/5

BeautifulWhat a great book!.Score: 5/5

All the Light We Cannot SeeReally enjoyed this book. I read it sporadically when time allowed and could not wait to get back to it. The story itself is inspiring but the descriptions and things this blind girl could “see” were what made the book..Score: 5/5

All the light we cannot seeThis was an excellent book well written historically accurate and I couldn’t put it down thank you James or Appleton Junior MD.Score: 5/5

FantasticOne of my top 5 all-time favorite novels..Score: 5/5

Good, but not until the endThis book was interesting and formatted different than other books. Bounced around most of the book except for the end. Both main characters were influential in each other’s lives. The story line was well thought-out..Score: 4/5

Unique storylineInteresting twist on the storyline from the perspective of both German and French sides. I agree with other reviews that it was often hard to follow the timelines and often found myself having to re-read chapters to make sure I understood. Will make for a beautiful movie..Score: 3/5

Very black story. Could not finish it.This just kept getting more and more depressing and I finally had to put it down. Maybe it ended on a high note but not willing to endure any more.Score: 1/5

Worth Every MinuteExcellent story providing insight into the horrors of war from many perspectives while celebrating the light that survives even the darkest moments. There are no winners in war but good will prevail over the long haul. To believe otherwise is to give up..Score: 5/5

The Best BookThis is among my favorite books ever written. After reading Cloud Cuckoo Land, I read the Memory Wall and then re-read this. I’ve no doubt I will read it again sometime in future. It completely draws me in. I especially enjoy reading his work on my electronic device, so I have immediate access to on-line materials including dictionaries (his command of the languages is exquisite and nuanced). I am grateful to Mr. Doerr..Score: 5/5

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So very good...I’m not good with words… I just couldn’t resist putting a 5-star rating here so that people might choose this wonderful book ahead of another one. It’s so worth the time..Score: 5/5

If I couldAll The Light We Cannot See, is, as it's title suggests, purely made of magic. The story, the characters are so unassuming they will absorb you (and all your time) in a Carol Shields esque trap. Just one more sentence, paragraph, chapter, until you smile and realize your far down this rabbit hole that you have no desire to come back up. Almost every sentence is a reduction, a photograph made of poetry and still finds traction in historical accuracy; so is it an extended poem, a beautiful work of historical fiction? It finds a balance between both, very real and effortlessly enchanting. Not to compare, never to compare, but it is The Fabulous Life of Amelie entwined with The Piano and spiced with a dash of Luka and The Fire Of Life. If I could I would use the same entwining of poetry prose and verbal photography to capture and describe the elegance of this book but then if I could I would have written it. If I could.....Score: 5/5

Fantastic !The only person who can see the light is blind and all the other characters stumble through in anguish and turmoil. Could not stop reading. Loved it from cover to cover..Score: 5/5

CrapA pale, vapid imitation of Hemingway that co-opts both times and places with which the author is unfamiliar, and is original only in the extent of its aesthetic redundancy on a literary stage replete with such works.Score: 1/5

All the Light We Cannot SeeThis book is incredibly well written, a masterpiece, a work of art. A must read!.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis book is truly amazing. The amount of detail bring the story to life and you become so involved with the lives of the characters. Really gives you a beautiful look at the nature of people and the brutality of the war..Score: 5/5

Amazing bookHard to define the category. A wonderful book that combines suspense, mystery, romance, tragedy set in a backdrop of rapidly changing history. Characters that live on after you close the book and a story that you don't want to end. One of the best books I have ever read..Score: 5/5

Could not stop readingVery well written with most compelling characters. Historical background story is very accurate. Highly recommended (I see Tom Hanks in the role of Etienne ;=) ).Score: 5/5

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