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:

    Summary:
    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?

    Evaluation:
    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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