All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

  • Release Date: 2014-05-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 6,068 Ratings


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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  • All the Light We Cannot See

    By Halsterx
    Enjoyable, but not a satisfying ending.
  • Amazing

    By TheCowman16
    What an incredible book!! Loved every second reading it. Thank you for writing this incredible novel!
  • Beautiful book

    By Stephris
    Loved it.
  • All the Light We Cannot See

    By Oipe
    This book is the best book I’ve ever read. It should be made into a movie.
  • Almost perfect

    By Beechhurst
    Simple review. Great book. Vivid, beautiful prose. Characters that will never leave you. You feel their heartache, their love, their desires, their sadness as if it’s your own. Buy it. Read it.
  • Favorite Book Ever

    By Lucytheawesome😃
    This book was amazing. It had so many different plots and sub-stories going at once in a way that was easy to follow and connected beautifully at the end. A must-read.
  • Loved it

    By Illraceu
    Different.... Good!
  • Slow

    By BamaGirl87
    Honestly, this book was slow and kind of boring. I typically love books set in WWII.... this one was not for me.
  • A very beautiful book

    By Tr1llz1
    This book is very beautiful and painful it is heart warming and sad but at the end it is all so beautiful
  • Tragically beautiful

    By nicholsnewlife
    A tragically beautiful story of life and death. A story filled with moments of despair with hope on the very next page. It left me feeling angry, sorrowful and in the end hopeful. You won't regret the time spent reading it.