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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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  • Page turner (23)
  • Deserves multiple readings (20)
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5.0

A Beautiful Read

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    Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

    This is a beautiful read. It holds one's attention as one learns more and more about the characters

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    5.0

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      read with relish

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      5.0

      very good book

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      impressive story

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      5.0

      A wonderful read!

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      • The characterisation and description are great!
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        Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

        A wonderful book that engages the reader all the way through and makes you feel close to the main characters. The best book I have read in ages!

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        4.0

        Good read

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          Very good insightful book

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          5.0

          One of the best books I have ever read

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            Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

            I liked the way the chapters are constructed and found the plot compelling. The writing was also excellent too.

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            5.0

            Exquisite

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              Cutting between perspectives could have used a more varied rhythm, but a very minor flaw in the scheme of things.

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              Insightful War and disability.

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                satisfied.

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                5.0

                Fabulous reading

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                  Amazingly well written and researched.
                  I couldn't put the book down.
                  Tiny chapters and was fully engaged the whole time I was reading.
                  Loved the storyline.

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                  Highly Original & Deeply Moving

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                    Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

                    Story and setting is familiar but told in an original way. The central character is brave and extremely determined with an ability to engender great loyalty and love in all the people who pass through her long and eventful life. Blindness is a mystery to most of us and the author really gives the reader an insight to the world of one very awesome individual whose blindness does not define .

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                    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 13.0  x 3.4
                    Weight (kg): 0.27