All the Light We Cannot See
The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize-winner Anthony Doerr.Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade,... show more
The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize-winner Anthony Doerr.Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.Doerr’s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
I'll start by saying that All the Light We Cannot See is beautifully written. I also loved the characters and the complexity each one brought. This extended beyond the main characters. I enjoyed seeing the effects of WWII from both sides. We had Marie-Laure, a blind Parisian girl, who loses her home...
I really did enjoy this. But I have read and listened to a lot of world war II books and I think this is one of those that will not be as memorable. I enjoyed Code Name Verity and The Nightingale much more. I do see why people really enjoy All the Light We Cannot See, its a great book to discuss and...
3.5 starsThis story shows the sweetest, sadness, randomness and connectedness of people and war. I was moved by it.
Why is it so hard to review books I love? I’ve been thinking about this novel for days, and I still have no words. This might be my new favorite read of 2016. I don’t know what to say to make you read it. “It's embarrassingly plain how inadequate language is.” – All the Light We Cannot See Thi...
One of my kids recommended this book to me and said it made her cry. I wasn't moved to tears, but I certainly felt a lot tension, and I can't imagine what it would be like to live under such stress. This is a good read with solid intensity.