All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a wonderful novel first published in 2014. Set during the destruction of World War II, this historical-fiction book tells a beautiful story of a blind French girl and a German boy. Overwhelmed and dragged by the devastating war, both struggled to survive and came across each other in occupied France.
The book has gained huge commercial as well as critical success. It won the most prestigious award in literature, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015. It also won Andrew Carnegie Medal in 2015.
Cover and Details of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (PDF)
- Title: All the Light We Cannot See
- Author: Anthony Doerr
- Publisher: Scribner
- Date Published: May 6, 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476746583
- ISBN-13: 9781476746586
Summary of the Book
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.
Reviews of All the Light We Cannot See
“Hauntingly beautiful.” —The New York Times
“Enthrallingly told, beautifully written…Every piece of back story reveals information that charges the emerging narrative with significance, until at last the puzzle-box of the plot slides open to reveal the treasure hidden inside.” —Washington Post
“Stupendous…A beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel.” —The Seattle Times
“Dazzling…Startlingly fresh.” —The Boston Globe
“Gorgeous… moves with the pace of a thriller… Doerr imagines the unseen grace, the unseen light that, occasionally, surprisingly, breaks to the surface even in the worst of times.” —San Francisco Chronicle
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