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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
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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A blind French girl learns to expertly navigate her war-torn world. A German boy learns to track radio airwaves to unseen targets. In this novel, the exacting measurements that map their worlds also serve to map human nature, revealing moments of wonderment, courage, and evil. Doerr’s writing is to be savored; yet the closer fate brings these two young people to each other, the less the reader is able to put the book down. Prepare to read until dawn.

A blind French girl learns to expertly navigate her war-torn world. A German boy learns to track radio airwaves to unseen targets. In this novel, the exacting measurements that map their worlds also serve to map human nature, revealing moments of wonderment, courage, and evil. Doerr’s writing is to be savored; yet the closer fate brings these two young people to each other, the less the reader is able to put the book down. Prepare to read until dawn. -- Christopher Platt, Reader Services

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

Could not put this one down!

When blind Marie-Laure LeBlanc and her father, a master locksmith at Paris' Museum of Natural History, flee the city on the eve of the German occupation, they seek sanctuary in St. Malo, at the home of Marie-Laure's eccentric great-uncle and his housekeeper, both members of the French Resistance. As Marie-Laure contributes to their efforts by broadcasting information over the wireless, her path crosses that of German soldier Werner Pfennig, whose intellect and technical aptitude are responsible for his current assignment: monitoring and reporting illicit radio transmissions. If you enjoy dramatic stories set during World War II, don't miss this lyrical story of love, loyalty, and betrayal. From Historical Fiction Newsletter June 2014.

A rich story told in alternating voices which underscores the futility of war. This was an excellent book.

Jun 13, 2014
  • jeanie123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written story with vivid and poetic imagery is told in fragments, vignettes and snapshots in time. I loved the recurring themes of locks, keys, radios, triangles, spirals, wind, sea and light. I recently read Frog Music by Emma Donahue and was annoyed by how it jumped back and forth in time. This book does the same but it was done so seamlessly that it was not annoying or confusing. It also deeply underlines that no one who survives a war, whether victor or vanquished, does so without profound loss and anguish.

seems like an interesting book ill check it out

May 28, 2014
  • mz4bibliofile rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Occassionally a book comes along that is so beautifully crafted that it is a work of resplendent grace. This is such a book...magical, lyrical and simply splendid! Read it.

May 24, 2014
  • sari rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you do not wish to visit Saint-Malo after reading this book,I will be surprised. The author writes very descriptively about events and places and develops characters around them. A very satisfying read.

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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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