All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr
A blind French girl's and a German boy's 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-04-10
WW II. Blind French girl, poor German boy who ends up as a solder, story of how their lives intersect. Initially irritating as the author jumps from girl's story to boy's story & back after very brief interludes but it gets better.
Reviewed: 2021-03-16
beautiful story. i think it was well put together, i liked that the author used short chapters to tell the stories. love love loved it.
Reviewed: 2021-01-19
Sorry: It's laboured, insipid and derivative of so many other "poor children in the war" books.
Reviewed: 2019-09-22
Not a fast or easy read for me, this story is built on beautiful imagery and chillingly elegant prose. A different view of the effect of WWII. Such a Beautiful and haunting story.
Reviewed: 2018-10-06
4
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