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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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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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Poetic, lyrical and heartbreaking.
Doerr has a gift for illuminating the desperate humanity of each flawed character caught up in this terrible war.

Oct 27, 2014
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written novel, full of images and mystery. A tangle of communication through airwaves, cultures, languages, and magic. Very well researched background. The most powerful moments emerge from Werner schooling and his friendship with Frederick, and Marie-Laure's ways of "seeing" her world. I found the book too long, but still couldn't put it down.

Oct 13, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although it is fiction, this is a book with almost the impact of the Diary of Ann Frank. The cruelty of war on childhood. The cruelty of pre-WWII society that set the stage for this war. The terror that we know this can all happen again as societies spiral towards fanaticism and the quest for some religious purity. It gave me more insight into the struggles of the French against the Nazis, some so damaged from WWI that they did not have the strength to resist the second time. Beautifully written and intricately woven story an unforgettable read.

Oct 11, 2014
  • GnD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ghost like and wondrous; this book has left a lasting impression on my soul. The cruelty of war as experienced by a young blind Parisian girl and talented young german soldier.

Oct 04, 2014
  • elisabeth321 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED! German boy fighting war - blind Parisian girl. Two stories intersect.

Oct 03, 2014
  • mdill314 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written and intricately plotted, All the Light We Cannot See is a moving work of literary fiction.

Sep 19, 2014
  • soccerkick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i love this book i had to own when i first layed eyes on it

A wonderful book. I would give it 5 stars. Beautifully written and some memorable characters!

Sep 11, 2014
  • theojones41 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fabulous book. Beautifully written and totally captivating, as well as heartbreaking. So many elements woven together in this story. What a talented author.

Sep 10, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very special book, beautifully written. It is on a par with Markus Zuzak's Book Thief.

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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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Sep 13, 2014
  • ssposato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kirkus TV Interview with Best-Selling Author Anthony Doerr

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