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All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel
Doerr, Anthony (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel 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 within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr 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 his most ambitious and dazzling work"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Doerr, Anthony, 1973-
Title: All the light we cannot see
a novel
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Characteristics: 531 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony Doerr
Summary: "From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel 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 within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr 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 his most ambitious and dazzling work"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9781476746586
1476746583
9781476746593
1476746591
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOERR 2014
Subject Headings: Blind Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Youth France Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Youth Germany Fiction France History German occupation, 1940-1945 Fiction Saint-Malo (France) Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Topical Term: Blind
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2013034107
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Two wonderful characters, one who becomes a German soldier, and one a blind girl who winds up working for the French resistance, grow up under the shadow of WWII until their paths converge. This is wonderful, moving and beautifully written.

July. This wonderful novel follows two characters, one of them a young German man whose path leads him to become a soldier, and the other a blind French girl, who winds up doing work for the resistance. Very moving and beautiful written, I think that despite its title, it showed us the light we c... Read More »


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Aug 16, 2014
  • maryp61 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book. Follows 2 characters through World War II. Very well written and evocative. The end completes the story. Left me satisfied which doesn't always happen. It is indeed beautifully written.

Aug 05, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This one...might just become a classic. I don't think there much more praise I can heap.

Aug 04, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anthony Doerr has written a book with amazing characters; sketched so beautifully that each one comes alive for the readers. For me, however, it was Marie Loer a little blind French Girl and the technologically gifted German lad Werner.
The story starts out with these two lives in parallel and I kept on turning the pages to see if their lives would converge at some point.Let me not be a spoiler. You will love this account of the girl and the boy and how the "Sea of Flames" shapes the course of their lives, the lives of those around them and in some ways of history itself. A gripping 'must read.'

Aug 04, 2014
  • marymeyer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply Beautiful.

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I don't see how to do it on this book, even though it's listed several times.

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A blind French girl learns to expertly navigate her war-torn world. A German boy learns to track radio airwaves to unseen targets. In this novel, the exacting measurements that map their worlds also serve to map human nature, revealing moments of wonderment, courage, and evil. Doerr’s writing is to be savored; yet the closer fate brings these two young people to each other, the less the reader is able to put the book down. Prepare to read until dawn.

A blind French girl learns to expertly navigate her war-torn world. A German boy learns to track radio airwaves to unseen targets. In this novel, the exacting measurements that map their worlds also serve to map human nature, revealing moments of wonderment, courage, and evil. Doerr’s writing is to be savored; yet the closer fate brings these two young people to each other, the less the reader is able to put the book down. Prepare to read until dawn. -- Christopher Platt, Reader Services

Jun 23, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Could not put this one down!

When blind Marie-Laure LeBlanc and her father, a master locksmith at Paris' Museum of Natural History, flee the city on the eve of the German occupation, they seek sanctuary in St. Malo, at the home of Marie-Laure's eccentric great-uncle and his housekeeper, both members of the French Resistance. As Marie-Laure contributes to their efforts by broadcasting information over the wireless, her path crosses that of German soldier Werner Pfennig, whose intellect and technical aptitude are responsible for his current assignment: monitoring and reporting illicit radio transmissions. If you enjoy dramatic stories set during World War II, don't miss this lyrical story of love, loyalty, and betrayal. From Historical Fiction Newsletter June 2014.

A rich story told in alternating voices which underscores the futility of war. This was an excellent book.

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Jun 23, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

1934-1944 France
A blind girl trying to survive the German occupation and Allied shelling of Saint Malo on the coast of France, a young, reluctant German soldier tasked with finding radio transmissions, and a German officer searching for a diamond which he believes will cure his illness.....fantastic manipulation of characters and events to bring them and the war to an end.

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