All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Description

May 6, 2014
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, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

Review –
I rated this book five stars ***** because it mesmerized me within the first few pages and  characters are written so deftly as to become almost real. The plot grabbed at my heart-the horror of war mixed in with the recollections of the two mains characters and I couldn’t put it down.  I knew the two would meet but I didn’t know how or when  but  the author wrote the meeting masterfully  and though short it was wonderful. The ending surprised me and had me in tears.  This is truly a fantastic book. Please put it on your “to be read” list.

5 comments on “All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    • I agree 100% and am recommending it to all my friends. I notice that you buy a lot of books – have you ever looked into Overdrive? If you are a member of a library in your area you can access book through the Virtual Library in Overdrive. That’s where I’m finding most of mine now, book audio and page turners. I also see that you like to buy books to add to your Hardback collections and I used to do that too, and still buy a few, but I ran out of room a long time ago. Check out your library and see if they are on Overdrive. Thanks for the comment. Kathy


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