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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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5.0

One of the Best

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Rarely do you read a book that impresses with such power. The writing is superb, the story unforgettable, the themes so thought provoking. It's a book that will never leave you. It's impact on so many levels made me so grateful to have the the joy of reading.

 
5.0

Beautifully written about growing up as fascism spreads

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    Great read, entertaining and engaging, great character development

     
    4.0

    Very moving read

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      Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

      I loved this book although I am not I usually a fan of books set during wars.

       
      5.0

      Great read

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          Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

          This is a great read. It flows from page to page; it had me engaged from the outset until the end where I was in tears. The characters are interesting and realistic - who could not love them. The innocence of youth and war! Definitely recommend this read. I have passed it onto family to read.

           
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          Beautifully written book. Loved it.

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              This book is so beautifully written. I feel in love with the characters. One of the best I have ever read.

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

                 
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                  read with relish

                   
                  5.0

                  very good book

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                  impressive story

                   
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                  A wonderful read!

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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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                    Good read

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                      Very good insightful book

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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 13.0  x 3.4
                      Weight (kg): 0.27