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All The Light We Cannot See (2014)
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Call Number FICTION/DOERR,A


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Published: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition:  First Scribner hardcover edition
Description:  531 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781476746586 (hardback), 1476746583 (hardback),
Language:  English


"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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The characters bring this book to life

A fascinating story of two young people, a blind girl who is French and a young German boy. This is a WWII story which does include many historical facts, but the emotions, reactions, and experiences of the characters are what give it life. One of the best novels I've read in a long time!

I've Seen the Light!

I still get to read about 3 books a week. This is the best book I've read in the last couple of years. Author Anthony Doerr recently was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The man makes metaphors that'll melt in your mouth.

Stunningly Ambitious and Beautifully Written novel


A stunningly ambitious and beautifully written novel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is the story of Marie Laure, a girl living in Paris in the late 1930s  who at the age of six goes blind, forcing her, and though a series of  beautifully intricate descriptions, the reader, to experience the world through touch, sound, and memory.  It is also the story of Werner, an orphan living in Germany who becomes enchanted with a crude radio he finds.  Becoming a master radio operator, he is eventually drawn into the German military where he is sent to occupied Paris to track the resistance.  As the Second World War rages around them, the girl who cannot see and the boy who is forced to listen discover each other, and through each other love and hope, as they try to survive the horrors of war.

I thoroughly loved Doerr’s exquisite descriptions in which the drone of bombers, the smell of the sea, and the memory of a street become a world in which morally complex yet innately good characters can discovery hope, even in the middle of a world war.  From page one I fell in love with the Marie and Werner, characters who will keep readers turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending.  Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is fantastic novel that I can’t recommend enough!
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