All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

Doerr, Anthony

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
All the Light We Cannot See
"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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476746586
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOERR 2014
Characteristics: 531 pages ;,24 cm


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a blind French girl and a German boy encounter one another in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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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Dec 19, 2014
  • lori00 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of those books that I make myself put down because I don't want the story to end.

Dec 19, 2014
  • MamaLovesBooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The character development in this book is wonderful. I found myself rooting for each of the two characters, often nervous for them, but confident they'd each end up OK in the end. I loved both main characters - the each had strength and wit. I couldn't put the book down once I got within 70 pages of the end. Recommended to anyone who appreciates historical fiction. I really hope this book becomes a movie.

This book was a major disappointment to me. It is incredulous that the two major characters do not interconnect until page 377. They do not speak to each other until page 414! The book was difficult to read because the author kept changing time periods. The short chapters, the meaningless titles, and the omission of an index were all irritants which disrupted the flow of the story and damaged the authors intent to eventually join all the threads into some sense of comprehension. The redeeming feature is the ending and I will not spoil it for you. Giving it only 1/5.

Dec 13, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved the writing. Good story, interesting characters. was a little disappointed in the ending. I thought there was not enough thought put into the conclusion.

Dec 09, 2014
  • athompson10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lives up to the "Best Book of the Year" hype. Beautiful and haunting, evocative, brilliantly written.

Dec 02, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_MarthaW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I sometimes find myself a bit WWII-ed out in my reading, but this was still a good read. The writing is beautiful, and the two main characters - a blind French girl and a German boy - are well-developed. I didn't love this as much as some people did, but it's sure to appeal to fans of wartime historical fiction, particularly ones looking for something about other aspects of the war than concentration camps.

Nov 24, 2014
  • ssjhung rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Despite 530 page long, it is an easy and a very satisfying read, and I was disappointed that it did not win the National Book Award.

I am ok to say that thoughts are not as mingled and ok to go to Britain,.

2 Copies please

Thank You

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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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