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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 (17)
  • Page turner (13)
  • Deserves multiple readings (11)
  • Suspenseful (8)

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4.0

worth reading

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from Snowy Mountains NSW

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
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    Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

    Recommend this book to almost everyone. Very well written and interesting view of a terrifying time inhistory

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    5.0

    One of the best books I have ever read.

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    from Gold Coast, Aust

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

        Oh this book kept me up late every night. Each chapter is just a few pages, so you just keep on reading and reading!
        The characters are delightful and the description of the setting makes you feel as though you are walking the same streets and you can smell the scents in the air.
        Heart breaking, but a story of character and goodwill.
        Can't recommend it highly enough. This author has a serious talent!

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        5.0

        Loved it

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        from Australia

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        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

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          Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

          Couldn't put this book down. so beautifully written and incredibly engaging.

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          4.0

          Intriguing title and interesting take on history

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          from Brisbane

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          • Engaging Characters
          • Historical Perspective
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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            Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

            The "Romeo" and "Juliet" characters (you know from the beginning it will not end happily ever after) are remarkable and come alive in this oblique look at the protagonists of WWII. The addition of the German official who is trying to track down treasure adds an extra thrill as he homes in on the lovers.

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            5.0

            This is a brilliant book

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            from Perth

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Insightful And Informtive
            • Page Turner
            • Suspenseful
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              Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

              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

              A very sensitive and beautifully told believable story

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              from Fremantle WA

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              • Engaging Characters
              • Intuitive
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                Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

                Takes place in a time and countries the older generation are familiar with. Easy to relate to the story yet intriguing in every chapter.

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                5.0

                Gripping

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

                  Suspenseful And authentic description of St Malo. I felt I was there.

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                  5.0

                  Onje of the better books

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                  from Stratford NZ

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

                    Best book read in last few years.

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                    5.0

                    Absorbing

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                    from Newcastle NSW

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                      Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

                      I am still reading this book but am finding it a rewarding and fascinating story. It is adding to my knowledge of Second World War history and the protagonists are unusual and very well drawn. It took me a while to come to terms with the way the story moves from the French characters to the German ones but I'm fine with that now. It's really q great read and I'm looking forward to finishing it.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic, I loved it,

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                      from Perth

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

                        I think it was written as if one was blind, amazing.
                        I loved the way each chapter was either about Marie Laure or Werner and how they eventually come together

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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