All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

By Anthony Doerr
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Scribner, (5/6/2014)
Language:English



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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 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).
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Barbara's thoughts on "All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel"
updated on:11/10/2015

Everyone loved the book. The time jumping was somewhat confusing, but all in all we'd recommend it.

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Delightful imagery. Must stay involved as you read, as the story is complex. Great discussion at our meeting, relating to our own lives. One member enjoyed the book on tape.

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updated on:10/4/2014



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"All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel"
By Anthony Doerr

Average Rating:
Very Unleashable
4.67 out of 5 (3 Clubie's ratings)


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