All the Light We Cannot See

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
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).


All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr Summary

All the Light We Cannot See is a novel written by American author Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner on May 6, 2014. It won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Set in occupied France during World War II, the novel centers on a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths eventually cross...


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All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr Book Reviews (6,556)

DarbyBoom

Beautiful book5 star

A remarkable novel. Sad, sweet and incredibly touching 55

Kristin

Fantastic5 star

One of my top 5 all-time favorite novels. 55

Winston357

All the Light We Cannot See5 star

Really enjoyed this book. I read it sporadically when time allowed and could not wait to get back to it. The story itself is inspiring but the descriptions and things this blind girl could “see” were what made the book. 55

Frazzled but hopeful

Beautiful book!5 star

So beautiful, even the ugliest parts of war, tragic and awful are somehow made poetically beautiful. I found this to be the perfect beach book, leisurely winding down a multi-stranded path, with tension mounting to pull you through! 55

jt_shafer

Breathtaking5 star

I’ve never before had simple words move me so deeply. The author had my heart on a pendulum, from elation to devastation. He captured what I imagine to be the honest essence of what the horrors of that war did to everyone in its wake. The characters feel as if they are actual acquaintances of mine, such minute detail was used in describing the hows & whys of what they did. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 55

tinbucktwo

Meh2 star

Much has been made of this novel, which in my opinion could have been reduced by 200 pages while still keeping its voice. Great prose but it plods and plods. Overrated. 25

Halsterx

All the Light We Cannot See3 star

Enjoyable, but not a satisfying ending. 35

TheCowman16

Amazing5 star

What an incredible book!! Loved every second reading it. Thank you for writing this incredible novel! 55

Stephris

Beautiful book5 star

Loved it. 55

Oipe

All the Light We Cannot See5 star

This book is the best book I’ve ever read. It should be made into a movie. 55

Jasey Clarke

Mediocre2 star

This book was pretty boring and the characters had almost no personality. It kind of drags on too long to be worth the read. 25

Tjtgirl

A must read4 star

Very touching and realistic. I hope it becomes a movie 45

EnvyKisses

Beautiful and more than I dream to see5 star

This book is beautifully written. The main character is a young blind French girl and so there is a lot of detail that goes into describing what she cannot see. It was so descriptive that at times, I felt as if I was there and could even smell the air. It transports you to war, to Germany, to France, to those unfortunate days in history where innocence disappeared and loved ones lost. This was a heavier read than usual for me, but I honestly did not want this book to end. 55

Belochen

Authentic5 star

I am French and come from near Saint Malo. This book was fascinating and gave another dimension to all the WWII stories I have already heard. I really can picture the whole book 55

Shabrooq

Amazing5 star

I just finished reading this book right now and honestly, it was a fantastic well written book. You really connect with characters and go through the journey with them. 55

Whatsnot2like

Great book!5 star

I'm normally a thriller and mystery type reader but I took a chance on this book because of all the great reviews. I was not disappointed! This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. So detailed (but not overly so) that all of my senses were engaged; I was there with the characters and in one case I actually held my breath so I wouldn't be heard. 55

MrsHull17

Amazing5 star

I couldn't put this book down. It was simply amazing and so well written I felt like I was there. I was disappointed that it ended and wish there was more! 55

USAFPJ8102

Magnificent story. Well written5 star

One of the best novels I have read. Well worth your time. 55

DebsyOD

Right cover Wrong Book1 star

I downloaded this from iBooks and while the cover and headings at the top seem correct the actual content on the pages is Fifty Shades of Grey can someone please fix this 15

Curiouswit

Beautiful!5 star

Loved this story. Character development was on the mark. Beautifully crafted story. 55


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