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All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

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WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious 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. When Marie-Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio.

He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr 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 his most ambitious and dazzling work.

About the Author

Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome and Memory Wall. Doerr's short fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Rome Prize, and shared the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award with Jonathan Safran Foer. In 2007 Granta placed Doerr on its list of the "21 Best Young American novelists." Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

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4.8

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  • Engaging characters (42)
  • Page turner (32)
  • Deserves multiple readings (28)
  • Suspenseful (21)

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This is a brilliant book

I loved this book. The two main characters were very real and believable. The plot was constructed to maintain a free-flowing narrative of the two separate stories which gradually merged as the plot...Read complete review

I loved this book. The two main characters were very real and believable. The plot was constructed to maintain a free-flowing narrative of the two separate stories which gradually merged as the plot unfolded. The use of books, music,the history of the pillage of European works of art during the 2nd World War, and the siege of the town of Saint Malo on the west coast of France, all added to the interest and intrigue. This book gives an insight into both the German and French experiences of the time.

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5.0

Beautifully written story

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      This is a book that I will read over and over again.

       
      5.0

      Loved this book

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        Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

        Brilliant book, was definitely a page turner. Was well written, had engaging characters and loved the plot.

         
        4.0

        great book

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            loved this book, I was taken to places of beauty and despair by the author

             
            5.0

            Beautiful, clever, engaging!

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
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              Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

              This beautiful, captivating story is hands down the most brilliantly written + engaging piece I have ever read in my life. The brief insights into each character as he switches from the lives of one to another keeps you turning the pages! The story is very emotional - it is confronting + upsetting, however, the young characters are innocent + unknowing + see the beauty in their catastrophic little worlds. I loved his style of writing + every single page of this book! I have recommended it to everyone that I know! Can't wait to read another of Anthony's stories :)

               
              5.0

              Amzing, engaging and captivating book.

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                  Amazing Historical Fiction based around World War Two. Loved every page.

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding

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                    Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

                    I had to pause often to reread exquisitely written passages, and also to hold off from devouring the book so that I could look forward to resuming. It's a modern classic.

                     
                    4.0

                    Astounding remarkabl book - huge debate in book club

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                        Two of us enjoyed this book, takes concentration but if you persist it rewards. You follow several characters moving through different times and situations. Adding intrigue, although it can be tricky, not worrying too much seemed best. Just allow it to flow... And the juxtapositions bring out new depths of understanding.... Perspectives of young disadvantaged kids and recruits in 1930's Germany and a disabled young French woman. Such hatred and random cruelty. Beautifully told.

                         
                        5.0

                        One of the best books I have ever read!

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                          Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

                          A wonderful book. The story has you unable to put the book down as you become so involved with the characters. And it is beautifully written!

                           
                          5.0

                          Great, emotional story.

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                            A great read. Enables the reader to look at and empathize with different perspectives. Highlights the personal stories of war. Not to be missed

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                              'Far more than a conventional war story, It's a tightly focused epic ... Doerr paints with a rich palette, using prose that resonates deeply and conveys the ephemera of daily existence along with high drama, sadness and hope ... A bittersweet and moving novel that lingers in the mind' Daily Mail 'An epic work about bravery and the power of attachment' Rose Tremain, Observer, Books of the Year 'An epic and a masterpiece' Justin Cartwright, Observer 'This novel will be a piece of luck for anyone with a long plane journey or beach holiday ahead. It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing... magnificent' Guardian 'Doerr can bring a scene to life in a single paragraph ... Delicate and moving ... the novel takes hold and will not easily let go' The Times 'Boy meets girl in Anthony Doerr's hauntingly beautiful new book, but the circumstances are as elegantly circuitous as they can be' The New York Times 'I'm not sure I will read a better novel this year ... Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears' Washington Post 'This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece ... Doerr's writing and imagery are stunning. It's been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion.' Abraham Verghese 'A dazzling, epic work of fiction. Anthony Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about snails on beaches and armies on the move, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing together.' Jess Walter

                              ISBN: 9780007548699
                              ISBN-10: 0007548699
                              Audience: General
                              Format: Paperback
                              Language: English
                              Number Of Pages: 544
                              Published: 23rd April 2015
                              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                              Country of Publication: GB
                              Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.8  x 3.4
                              Weight (kg): 0.38