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All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel
Doerr, Anthony (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful 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. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. 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, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, 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. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. 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"--
Authors: Doerr, Anthony, 1973-
Title: All the light we cannot see
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2014.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Characteristics: 531 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful 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. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. 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, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, 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. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. 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"--
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ISBN: 9781476746586
1476746583
9781476746593
1476746591
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony Doerr
Subject Headings: Blind Fiction. World War, 1939-1945 Youth France Fiction. World War, 1939-1945 Youth Germany Fiction. France History German occupation, 1940-1945 Fiction. Saint-Malo (France) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Blind
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2013034107
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Oct 13, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although it is fiction, this is a book with almost the impact of the Diary of Ann Frank. The cruelty of war on childhood. The cruelty of pre-WWII society that set the stage for this war. The terror that we know this can all happen again as societies spiral towards fanaticism and the quest for some religious purity. It gave me more insight into the struggles of the French against the Nazis, some so damaged from WWI that they did not have the strength to resist the second time. Beautifully written and intricately woven story an unforgettable read.

Oct 11, 2014
  • GnD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ghost like and wondrous; this book has left a lasting impression on my soul. The cruelty of war as experienced by a young blind Parisian girl and talented young german soldier.

Oct 04, 2014
  • elisabeth321 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED! German boy fighting war - blind Parisian girl. Two stories intersect.

Oct 03, 2014
  • mdill314 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written and intricately plotted, All the Light We Cannot See is a moving work of literary fiction.

Sep 19, 2014
  • soccerkick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i love this book i had to own when i first layed eyes on it

A wonderful book. I would give it 5 stars. Beautifully written and some memorable characters!

Sep 11, 2014
  • theojones41 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fabulous book. Beautifully written and totally captivating, as well as heartbreaking. So many elements woven together in this story. What a talented author.

Sep 10, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very special book, beautifully written. It is on a par with Markus Zuzak's Book Thief.

Sep 09, 2014
  • maryschweitzer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very different and wonderful read; takes place during WWII; loved the way Doerr writes, especially the very short, but descriptive chapters; as well as how he developes, slowly, his characters.

Sep 08, 2014
  • Chaleon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I could barely put it down.

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Jun 23, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

1934-1944 France
A blind girl trying to survive the German occupation and Allied shelling of Saint Malo on the coast of France, a young, reluctant German soldier tasked with finding radio transmissions, and a German officer searching for a diamond which he believes will cure his illness.....fantastic manipulation of characters and events to bring them and the war to an end.

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Sep 13, 2014
  • ssposato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kirkus TV Interview with Best-Selling Author Anthony Doerr

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