Guest Review – All The Light We Cannot See

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.81v5wp2zeQL

All The Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller 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 in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

My Review

Anthony Doerr’s words within All the Light We Cannot See drew me into a world in a time before. His choice of vocabulary seemingly poetic, dancing off the tongue. His story telling not simply a tale of war, but all the light we cannot see, the goodness within the hearts of people.  All the Light We Cannot See, however, became a decoration on my side table for what seemed all too long, when the words became difficult to comprehend, and the chapters difficult to distinguish when faced with tiredness and fatigue. For that reason it would not be a book I would recommend to anyone who is tired, in pain, or in need of a book to pack in their hospital bag.

A year and a half after first picking up All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I finished it. Despite how long it took me to complete the book I still found the story remarkable and so beautifully told. I smiled. I cried. And I still loved the story and message within All the Light We Cannot See.

4 cup

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Book Details

Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Number Of Pages:544
Publisher: Scribner

About the Author


Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons.He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

To find out more, visit Anthony on his website.


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