All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful 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 in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501173219
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 159
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

Hometown:

Boise, Idaho

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1973

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio

Education:

B.A., Bowdoin College, 1995; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 1999

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 734 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seldom write a review, but after reading this wonderful book I had to share my thoughts...never heard of this author but was recomended This author writes with so much thought and crafting of each chapter I was totally drawn in to the story...I wanted more His writing is wonderfully poetic and mesmerizing and informs a good deal of history that most people are probably not aware of This rates in the top 10 of my favorite books Did not want to put it down and have ordered one of his previous books...please enjoy
readerbdj More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories I've ever. Beautifully written with history and romance included very gracefully. Don't be put off by the length. The construction of the novel is so unique, the story unfolds easily. It is a book that one wished would never end. I recommend it highly.
queen-of_books More than 1 year ago
All the Light We Cannot See is a poignant look at the devastation that comes with war and how it leads people along roads they would never have taken in other circumstances. Set in WW II Germany and France with forays into the Soviet Union, it tells the parallel journeys of Marie Laure, a blind German girl, and Werner Pfennig, a German orphan. Werner’s gift with electronics attracts the attention of Nazi military technicians who drag him into the Hitler Youth and, eventually, into the war where he is responsible for determining the coordinates of enemy resistance fighters using hidden radios. Marie Laure is the beloved daughter of the French National Museum locksmith. He flees Paris with his daughter when the Germans invade, going to stay with his housebound uncle, Etienne, in St. Malo. The book begins when the child Werner and Etienne’s paths cross over the radio waves. Etienne brother had recorded ten children’s radio shows and Etienne played them over the wireless radio. Werner and his sister listened to them faithfully sparking Werner’s interest in science and electronics. Interestingly, the book ends when the soldier Werner’s path crosses with Marie Laure. He hears Marie Laure reading a book over the same wireless while requesting help between sentences and goes to her aid instead of reporting her. Between these two events, Doerr shows the paths followed by the two children and how their personal characteristics determine the wartime choices they make. Part of the story includes the search for an ancient diamond rumored to bring death to those closest to the person who owns it. Marie Laure is at the crux of this portion of the story. She must decide whether to hold on to the stone or get rid of it. The question in her mind is whether the rumors are true and can she affect whether the stone’s power will prevail. Some readers may be confused by Doerr’s use of parallel stories while moving back and forth in time, however, if readers pay attention to the time lines at the beginning of each chapter, they should not have difficulty keeping up with the story. All the Light We Cannot See examines the roads ordinary people take to protect themselves when faced with circumstances beyond their control.
DonnaRae More than 1 year ago
You, Mr. Doerr, have a new fan. Love your writing style. Love your story - it will stay in my heart for a long, long time - and then I will read it again.
crossword69 More than 1 year ago
Never having read an Anthony Doerr book prior to this, I was inspired to read this only by topic and reviews from B&N ratings.  Not only is the 5-star rating pertinent, if there was a 6-star rating, this book would earn that ranking.  The characters are fully understandable, interesting, and fleshed out.  The historical value of the book rings true to facts regarding the confusing monstrosities of war.  I will definitely invest time to read other Doerr books as quickly as possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, beautiful story. This is what reading is all about. Thank you, Mr. Doerr.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kind of book. I like and need the history -- if you don't have a setting you don't understand the people. He did a lot of research on a number of things. I bet he can put together a radio in no time. Try it, you'll like it!
tori_g More than 1 year ago
This book is the standard by which all beautiful books should be held. 
juliusa More than 1 year ago
Very simply.....stunning!
4x4_luvr More than 1 year ago
After reading several other recently-written/published "recommended" books and being horribly disappointed, I need you to know that as I finished this one, I am struggling to want to rejoin my own world again. I feel displaced, like I should still be in this story. It has been a long time since a book has made me feel this way - has taken me so willingly into its covers. There is so much that is beautiful about this book, from word choice to writing to plot to war setting handled honestly and disturbingly real yet delicately, right down to the way the story was crafted, where the timelines of the story converge together at just the precisely correct defining moment... even by the ending, I am in love with the author's choice of what parts to resolve, and how the resolutions happened, and what he chose to not resolve. I'm not even going to read the reviews that find something bad about this book. They don't deserve my attention. Thank you Mr. Doerr for getting me excited about reading again - after an entire summer of reading a book a week, I had all but given up on contemporary literature. To have this magical feeling again where a story has so completely claimed me and drew me in, and where I was left at the end feeling sated by the story, yet somehow hungering to start it all over again, has been a gift I will not soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Great story,  and well written. Amazing story of events during the era of WW 2. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each year I yearn for a book that pulls me in and doesn't let go! This story is one I did not want to end! Beautifully written and one I will remember for a very long time. I have recommended it over and over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has done an incredible job with this book. Telling about World War II from the perspective of these children, coming of age. (German and French) Amazing story, how do people survive emotionally and mentally after such an experience? What a loss to society when people "turn" on each other. A lesson human beings never seem to learn. Can't wait to share it at book club. I will read other books by Doerr.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and still can't get over how much I enjoyed reading it. Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is interested in WWII and loves a beautifully written novel will be enthralled with this book.
kelties_mom More than 1 year ago
very thoughtful and eloquent writing.  Exceptional from start to finish.  Will engage you from the very first page, and leave you wanting for more......
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing thrilling novel felt so real
read_jan More than 1 year ago
This book is nothing short of a masterpiece. It exemplifies the balance of characters and story. There are very few books that give your almost a real life experience, I would say Anthony Doerr's work is one of those few. I am looking forward to the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this one!
BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
This was a very different look at WWII. The story of a blind girl, and an orphan who enjoyed radios. The way they actually ended up interacting with each other, unknowingly is an interesting story. I loved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, loved the writing style. A WWII story told from a whole different point of view. Magical
juliaw More than 1 year ago
Exceptional book, highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book