All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

Doerr, Anthony

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
All the Light We Cannot See
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. Interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2014.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476746586
Characteristics: 531 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 30, 2015
  • grannyat55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Jan 28, 2015
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book offers an endearing and unique approach to yet another WWII novel. It is a touching story with many redeeming characters. The type of story you can get swept up into. If you have been considering this one, don't put it off any longer.

Jan 20, 2015
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely outstanding novel. I can't add to what has previously been said by others who have commented, other than to say it is a dramatic blend of the savagery of war with the preciousness of life.

Jan 19, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_TishaW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an enjoyable, bittersweet story. "All you could have been," a quote addressed to one of the main characters, captures the story's main idea: how much was lost during WWII, as depicted through the experiences of Werner, a German scientist-soldier, and Marie-Laurie, a blind teenager who becomes involved in the French resistance. The two of them share a heartachingly brief connection (indeed, so much in this story touches the heart, including the prose) that results in salvation, though of differing kinds, for them both. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys WWII-era writings, historical fiction and complicated personal narratives.

Jan 16, 2015
  • mmjeffers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a new favorite. I was completely swept away in the tale which was beautiful and devastating at the same time. I loved the way the story wove in details of natural history, a recurring reference to Audobon's Birds of America and nuggets of beauty from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Truly marvelous.

One of the best books of 2014, this literary gem set in World War II is a must read. This is one for fans of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.

Jan 05, 2015
  • mratzel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a wonderful book....very different from many things I've read but enchanting.

Jan 03, 2015
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even though I enjoyed this book, I was a bit dissappointed, because I wanted more interaction between the two main characters of the book.

Dec 29, 2014
  • leberly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A little hard to follow at first, due to the changing time periods, but once you get into the book, it sweeps you into a lovely, devastating story.

Dec 29, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was a bit slow getting into this book, but it was very well written and I enjoyed it once I got going. The only thing is (am I horrible for saying this?) I think I’ve just seen to many WWII movies & read too many WWII books over the years, and I’m a bit tired of reading about that period.

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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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Dec 29, 2014
  • leberly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don't you do the same?”


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