All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

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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"--
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476746586
1476746583
9781476746593
Branch Call Number: DOERR A
Doerr, A
PS3604.O34 A77 2014
Characteristics: 531 pages ; 24 cm

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Set during WWII and told from the perspectives of a young French girl and German soldier, demand for this 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner carried over in the new year. All the Light We Cannot See was borrowed 1,898 times in 2016 from the BPL.

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lbarkema May 21, 2015

I liked it, definitely. But...I didn't LOVE it like I was thinking I would? Chalk it up a bit to very high expectations (it won a Pulitzer, friends reviews were raving, and the holds list is still over 400 people long), and also where I am at in my reading and the fact that I just didn't want to ... Read More »


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KWALKER101
Mar 14, 2016

For me, this was an absolutely stunning book. I've read a number of others about WW2 but this takes a different take, from a boy taken as a soldier in the Nazi army to a girl (blind, no less) living in France. The interesting locations and ways they are forced to deal with the fear that the war presses on their lives is fascinating and I got deeply involved in the threads tying their stories together. This book flew, as the language is easily accessible and the story one that I can definitely recommend to anyone.

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rcomazzi
Nov 02, 2015

Beautifully written, engaging and descriptive story of a broad range of characters and their interactions during a remarkably conflicted time in our common history.

lbarkema May 21, 2015

I liked it, definitely. But...I didn't LOVE it like I was thinking I would? Chalk it up a bit to very high expectations (it won a Pulitzer, friends reviews were raving, and the holds list is still over 400 people long), and also where I am at in my reading and the fact that I just didn't want to be reading it at that time. But as you see my rating is still a 4 because I believe that Anthony Doerr writes beautifully and it is a well-told story. I would recommend it.

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leabharlann2011
Apr 12, 2015

One of the best, if not THE best, books I have read this year. Beautifully written.

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