All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

  • Release Date: 2014-05-06
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 11,269 Ratings


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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, the beloved instant New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book 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 near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the Resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he 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 a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).


  • Not a favorite book

    By pumper SLM
    This book goes on and on and on until I just started to skim through it to get to the end . I would say it was not my favorite book and would really not RECOMMEND IT, unless you like slow and extremely depressing books.
  • All the light....

    By Nancy38
  • One of my favorites of all time!

    By iAmBrittKnee
    I would highly recommend giving this a read. You’ll want to start it over when you’re done!
  • Good story

    By Podcast187
    Slow and dry in the middle but overall good book with a good plot
  • Very Sad

    By Beth Proko
    I’m sure many aspects of this story are similar to what so many people sadly endured during the war so I kept reading. But it was really a tough one to get through for me personally.
  • Stunning Novel

    By Joseph Ramirez-Trejo
    What Anthony Doerr achieves with his novel “All the Light We Cannot See” is a beautifully written story of the way human lives can intertwine. In a story that is filled with friendships, tragedy and heartwarming, yet heartbreaking suspense you will not be disappointed. It deals with the haunting of the daily lives of wartime from the perspective of the citizens and the soldiers. I greatly appreciate the story that Doerr puts forth while also recognizing the wreckage that was World War Two.
  • Didn’t want it to end.

    By amolioli
    I absolutely loved this book.
  • Mesmerizing…

    By Sag librarian
    A worthwhile read and a rapturous tale.
  • Deeply Satisfying — Better when Shared. Read it to someone you love.

    By Singshell
    Beautiful prose. Haunting characters. Intricate and well-constructed plot. I’ll be thinking about these places and people for a long time.
  • Excelente Libro e Historia de la segunda Guerra Mundial

    By jazl-laptopersonal7132016
    Intensa Lectura,