All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

Book - 2014
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May 15, 2021

I didn't know what this book was about, only heard t was good. To my surprise it turned out to be one of my favourite books of all time. The characters in this book I just wanted to hug. The stories that interweave kept me from putting the book down.
Highly recommended if you like WW2 Dramas.

Apr 28, 2021

Michele rec

Apr 06, 2021

Two young people in war-torn Europe during WWII - great read!

Mar 14, 2021

it is too vague. how about readers' community or something similar so i know they have read the book?

Mar 05, 2021

Doeer's Pulitzer Prize winner provides a light to several perspectives of WWII. He leaves no crooks or crannies unexplored, no rocks left unturned; elegant prose is used to bring a war-torn Europe of the 1940's back to life.

Stéphanie_biblio Mar 02, 2021

A seamless read with beautiful prose that presents several different perspectives of people 'living' through WWII who end up tied together. Wonderful imagery of natural history adds poetry to the story.

Mar 01, 2021

A great story, with wonderful prose done in a unique plot. Well worth reading.

Jan 21, 2021

French Resistance. Good read

Jan 21, 2021

" All the Light we cannot See", a Pulitzer Prize winning novel in 2014, was a very rewarding, worthwhile read for me. The author has such skill in writing what his two teen characters experienced during WWII that the story made me feel I was right beside them every step of the way. The story is told in alternating short chapters which describe both of the teens' experiences a few years before the war, during the war, and afterwards. One teen is a blind French Parisian girl who endures the war years in St. Malo and becomes involved in the local French Resistance while the other teen is a German youth from the Ruhr Zollverein coal mine area whose genius with transistors makes him the ideal candidate, from the German army's point of view, to help them detect and eliminate resistance fighters who are using transistor radios. The story becomes a page turner from the middle of the book right to the end even though the novel is filled with description.

Jan 14, 2021

Absolutely loved this book, read again.

Nov 19, 2020


Oct 06, 2020

What an achievement! One of those books you read more slowly as you near the end. You don't want it to be over. Some of Doerr's descriptive paragraphs are so lyrical, so original, so evocative, that they could stand alone as poems. What the reader should understand from this story is how human brutality and compassion can exist side by side, but that redemption remains a possibility. Hence there is hope. The characterization is wonderfully wrought. Marie-Laure and Werner have been given life, as well as many other minor characters. This novel might be evidence that great writers are those who do not begrudge taking years to arrive at the goal of near perfection. I've added this novel to a short list that I thus categorize.

Sep 29, 2020

Great WWII novel-very different perspective too

Sep 28, 2020

I've read this through twice and it continues to be one of my favourite stories. The lives of the two children are expertly told and intertwined in a way that feels like only you can see their special bond and the ways in which people can touch each other's lives even if just for a moment.

Sep 06, 2020

A great storyline. Great characterization. Not a real captivating read, however. Perhaps because of its length?

Aug 27, 2020

Lives collide but starts slow. Nice depiction of WWII from the inside.

Aug 24, 2020

This novel is an absolute must-read! Right from the start, it was captivating. The book itself brilliantly portrays the horrors of WW2 and the devastation caused by it. Werner, a gifted albino genius with a knack for assembling radios and transmitters, is a German orphanage boy sent to become a Nazi. Marie-Laurie, a blind French girl with a secret within the house within the house, is constantly revolving around the French-resistance. This book is mainly written between these two perspectives with a few in between. The story shows how devastatingly cruel the Germans are while also showing their innerly-good human nature. In my eyes, it doesn't show too much of the French Resistance and what it did, same with the men going onto the front-line for the Germans. It cannot connect with the audience and readers and you feel numb as you read about bombings. Emotions like fear and hurt are scarce and hard to understand for readers. However, it is well written with good analogies.

SnoIsleLib_JordanF Aug 21, 2020

This is a beautiful character driven story. I love that there is 2 stories simultaneously going on and at the end they converge. I also love that I can feel the emotion behind each word the author uses. If you are a fan of WWII historical fiction this is a must read.

Jul 25, 2020

One of my absolute favourites

LPL_SarahM Jul 20, 2020

This is one of those books that I checked out a few times, never got around to reading, returned because it had a waiting list, repeat. I FINALLY read it this time around and it was one of the best books I have ever read. Absolutely loved it.

Jul 18, 2020

There are certain stories that stick with readers long after the book has ended. The award-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is one of those. Set in France and Germany during World War II, the book details the separate lives of two teenagers, Marie-Laure and Werner. Marie-Laure lives in France during these trying times, struggling to survive as a blind girl with the absence of her family. Werner is a young orphan with the impressive ability to fix a variety of objects, who is later chosen to fight against the resistance. The novel tells of their individual struggles in their respective locations in a haunting retelling of events, until their paths finally cross in an unexpected way.

This is an absolutely beautiful book that I highly recommend. Often times, a story is told from one perspective, so we only see one view on a situation. However, this novel manages to capture both sides from the point of view of teenagers, something that is lacking in many historical fiction stories. I think it is important to view things from different angles, as it allows you to consider a new perspective and ultimately, understand another person better. The novel does an amazing job of exemplifying this, a lesson that is applicable to many situations. The tumultuous journey filled with startling metaphors and striking imagery has the ability to evoke a spectrum of emotions, as it is filled with humor, love, and tragedy. It manages to be a story that can make you smile but at the same time causes your heart to break at the horrific outcomes of this war. This is a great book about a situation that many can sympathize with, regardless of age or opinion.

Age rating: 14+
Star rating: 5 stars

Jul 07, 2020

One of the best-written books I have ever read. I absolutely loved it.

May 24, 2020

Books on WW2 Recommended by Cory, Tongue in Cheek:
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
The Nightengale, by Kristin Hannah
Sarah's Keys, by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Lost Letters, by Jillian Cantor

May 05, 2020

The title is enough to attract attention from readers; the fact that it won the Pulitzer Prize, is a Heather's Pick, and was a Globe and Mail bestseller seems unsurprising. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a sensitive, illuminating novel set in the difficult time of World War II, following the lives of the characters and simultaneously tracking the growing shadow of war in France and Germany, eventually narrowing its focus to the port city of Saint-Malo.
Marie-Laure is a freckled six-year-old bibliophile, inquisitive and startlingly wise. Her father, Daniel LeBlanc, is a locksmith of a museum, accused of bringing the bad luck of Marie's blindness upon themselves because of the allegedly cursed diamond, the Sea of Flames. Werner Pfennig is a white-haired, scrawny little boy in a German orphanage with his little sister Jutta, and little does he know, his fascination with the radio will soon take him to a cadet school he's never dreamed of.
Doerr's blend of scientific, meticulous details into the overarching narrator's voice is a stunning way of telling the story. The novel's atmosphere consists of seascapes, filled with wooden models, radio wires, shells, books by Jules Verne, and guns. The unique plot, original way of portraying it, and the intertwined perspectives of a French girl and German boy make this book worthy of its title. Filled with moments of pure humor amidst dark times, this is a must-read for a wide range of audiences.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
@StarRead of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 29, 2020

M and Dave loved it.

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