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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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  • Page turner (20)
  • Deserves multiple readings (16)
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5.0

Insightful War and disability.

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  • Engaging Characters
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    satisfied.

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    5.0

    Fabulous reading

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      Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

      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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      5.0

      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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        5.0

        Wonderful take you there type novel

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        from Gloucester

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          Although this story covers several different time zones, it is an easy to follow novel and I guess this reflects on the skill of the author. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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          5.0

          Simply Stunning Literature!

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          from Thirroul NSW

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            Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

            A beautifully written book that takes you on a wonderful journey of love, loss, & the effects of war & the changes that happen to people because of the difficult circumstances. At the same time uplifting & courages. Simply stunning.

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            5.0

            Enchanting

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              Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

              I purchased the book for my own use but other books I have purchased as gifts.

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              5.0

              A title which asks for answers

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              from Country victoria

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                Comments about All the Light We Cannot See:

                I was deeply moved about the two sided story (Germany and France) which showed a new side of this dreadful war.
                It took me a little while to get use to the style of the two stories. I admired the characters who played an important role in the resistance.
                I will recommend this book to many of my friends and I specially like the title.

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                4.0

                A lovely story

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                from Sydney Australia

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                    An engaging plotline and characters you will love.

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                    4.0

                    worth reading

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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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                          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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                          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 3.5
                          Weight (kg): 0.38