All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

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2 Responses to “All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr”

  1. Book Guy Reviews Says:

    Loved this book so much! Thank you for sharing! If you’re ever interested in some other awesome book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!!!

  2. bachbooks Says:

    All the Light We Cannot See tells the story of a French girl and a German boy whose lives are uprooted by World War II. An orphan living in a bleak German coal mining town, Werner seems destined for the mine when he reaches his 15th birthday, but he demonstrates a keen intellect and establishes a reputation as an amateur radio repairman. Using a junked radio he repairs, Werner and his sister stay awake nights to listen to unsanctioned broadcasts from well outside the Reich. A Frenchman broadcasting science lessons and classical music quickly becomes their favorite. When the professionals fail to repair his wife’s broken radio, a German army officer seeks out Werner, and he quickly succeeds at fixing the radio and attracting the attention of the army.
    Marie-Laurie lives with her father in Paris, where he works as a locksmith in a museum. As her eyesight fades, he creates an intricate scale model of their neighborhood, so she can use her hands to memorize her surroundings. When the German advance threatens Paris, Marie-Laure and her father flee the city. To safeguard against looting, the museum director commissions three copies of a prized diamond, rumored to be cursed, and sends them away from Paris with trusted employees. Eventually, Marie-Laure and her father end up on the coast, living with her great-uncle as the German advance creeps ever closer. Might the paths of these two orphans cross?

    As All the Light We Cannot See shifts in setting and focus back and forth between the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner, we see how the war affects people on both sides of the front. I loved the narrative structure of this book, following Marie-Laurie and Werner and weaving in the story of the sinister treasure hunter Sergeant Major von Rumpel to build suspense. The story presents a great balance of hope and despair, war and resistance, until the very end.
    Beautiful, sad, and haunting…

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: The Book Thief, Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, Life After Life

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