All the Light We Cannot See (2020)

All the Light We Cannot See The epic new novel set during WW from Sunday Times Short Story Prize winner Anthony Doerr Marie Laure has been blind since the age of six Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighb
  • Title: All the Light We Cannot See
  • Author: Anthony Doerr
  • ISBN: 9780007548675
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • All the Light We Cannot See
    The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize winner Anthony Doerr.Marie Laure has been blind since the age of six Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.Werner is a German orphan, destThe epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize winner Anthony Doerr.Marie Laure has been blind since the age of six Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home But all around him, impending danger closes in.Doerr s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, All The Light We Cannot See is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.
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    1. All the Light We Cannot Seeby Anthony Doerr This book has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I ve ever read It s brimming with rich details that fill all five senses simultaneously It s full of beautiful metaphors that paint gorgeous images I didn t want this book to end, but I couldn t put it down In August 1944 the historic walled city of Saint Malo, the brightest jewel of the Emerald Coast of Brittany, France was almost destroyed by fire.Of the 865 buildings within the walls, only 182 remain [...]

    2. So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light I m going to be honest love for this book didn t hit me straight away In fact, my first attempt to read it last year ended with me putting it aside and going to find something easier, lighter and less descriptive to read I know meh, what a quitter.But this book is built on beautiful imagery Both in the literal sense the physical world of 1940s Paris Germany and the metaphorical It s woven w [...]

    3. I always thought, or imagined, that there were these invisible lines trembling in our wake, outlining our trajectories through life, throbbing with electric energy Lines that sometimes cross one other, or follow in parallel ellipses without ever touching, or meet up for one brief moment and then part A universe of lines crisscrossing in the void.Anthony Doerr s astonishing new novel All The Light We Cannot See follows the complex arcs of two such invisible lines through the lives of Werner Pfenn [...]

    4. Adult fictionThis book is getting a lot of well deserved attention for its unique story and its beautiful writing It starts late in World War II, as the Allies begin shelling the French city of Saint Malo to drive out the remaining Nazi troops Our two main characters are Marie Laure, a blind French girl who fled here with her uncle from Paris, and Werner, a radio expert in the German army who is stuck in the city when the attack begins We jump back and forth in time, and between the two characte [...]

    5. I m sure this is going to mark me as a literary dud, but for all the brilliant reviews of this book I couldn t really get into it.The book revolves around Marie Laure, a blind girl who lives with her father Her father is the locksmith at the Paris Museum of Natural History, and Marie is raised wholly in the museum and at home Marie has a semi idyllic childhood until the Nazi s invade Paris and she and her father have to flee to another city, where a reclusive uncle lives Unknown to Marie, her fa [...]

    6. Why write a review if I am such an atypical reader I will keep this brief since I feel most readers will not react as I have, but isn t it important that all views are voiced All readers must agree that the flipping back and forth between different time periods makes this book confusing I believe it must be said loudly and clearly that the current fascination with multiple threads and time shifts is only acceptable when they add something to the story, when employment of such improves the story [...]

    7. This is a carefully constructed book which is bound to captivate a large audience and become very popular, and be blessed with many warm reviews it was chosen by members as the best historical fiction of 2014, and shortlisted for the National Book Award There are multiple reasons for its success but they are also the same reasons as to why I didn t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.Anthony Doerr s All The Light We Cannot See follows the parallel lives of two protagonists Marie Laurie, a French [...]

    8. It has been awhile since I have found a book that I wanted to read slowly so that I could soak in every detail in hopes that the last page seems to never come When reading the synopsis of this novel, I never imagined that I would feel so connected to a book where one of the main characters is blind and the other a brilliant young German orphan who was chosen to attend a brutal military academy under Hitler s power using his innate engineering skills.This novel was so much than the above states [...]

    9. This book was so beautiful and haunting I fell in love with so many of the characters, and loved how their lives were weaved together Knowing the time period this was set in, I knew the ending would hurt And it did, though I didn t shed as many tears as I expected.The writing was incredible, the descriptions so vivid It did a superb job of showing the reader how the characters felt through their actions, rather than telling Whilst the short chapters on average 1.5 pages helped to make this read [...]

    10. Honestly, wtf I mean, we all know the blind person trope Daredevil, etc and the lovable Nazi trope Hiroshima Mon Amour and the mystical object searched for by evil Nazis trope Indiana Jones , so why throw all of these together The book was readable but no so than a pulp fiction thriller Honestly, I don t see this as being Pulitzer quality The characters were ok, the narration interesting, but a masterpiece The best US fiction in 2015 Perhaps not And please don t accuse me of being too harsh All [...]

    11. 4 20 15 PULITZER WINNER for 2014 The brain is locked in total darkness of course, children, says the voice It floats in a clear liquid inside the skull, never in the light And yet the world it constructs in the mind is full of light It brims with color and movement So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light Marie Laure LeBlanc is a teen who had gone blind at age 6 She and her father, Daniel, fled Paris ahead of the German invasion, [...]

    12. When I started reading All The Light We Cannot See , I realized it was the wrong novel for me at that particular time I needed something lighter I kept telling myself I d stop reading and go back to it at another time but the writing kept me captivated Something was going on here that went beyond the day to day lives of the two children Anthony Doerr was describing, and I m glad I kept on reading The book is set in World War II, and two children are involved Marie Laure is French, while Werner i [...]

    13. I enjoyed this novel by Anthony Doerr and yet when I was nearing the end I couldn t help feel a a sense of relief to have finished the book.I enjoy historical fiction and really looked forward to this novel by Anthony Doerr as it was set in a time frame that that really interests me Because I read quite a lot of novels set around World War Two I love the fact that the author took a a slightly different path with his storytelling and that is what drew me to this novel.I loved the characters of Ma [...]

    14. This is a great book Its very high ratings 4.3 half of the ratings are 5 s renews my faith that GR ratings count for something With almost 50,000 reviews on GR I don t feel there is a lot for me to add but here s a brief summary of the plot and I ll give a few examples of the great literary writing.It s just before the Nazi invasion and occupation of Paris A young blind girl relies on her father for everything and she is his world as well He spends all his time making her a wooden model of the c [...]

    15. What I loved most about this book was all the light that I did see There is so much here that captivated me from the beautiful writing to the strong, caring characters to the loving relationships and the way people touched each other s lives during the trying times of WW II.Parallel stories are told in alternating chapters of Marie Laure, a teenage French girl who has been blind since the age of six and Werner, an intelligent, perceptive and sensitive German orphan who learns to fix radios and b [...]

    16. So, I know I should be oohing and ahhing over this book, but it just wasn t for me This is definitely one of those it s not you, it s me moments I can see why many people have given such glowing reviews, but I found it to be unbearably dull and slow moving I never felt a strong connection with either of the main characters or the story itself I m just glad that it ended.

    17. oK.When I started this book, I noticed some similarities to The Book Thief, and although they quickly fell to the wayside, I couldn t help but compare this book to The Book Thief the entire time I was reading it And since The Book Thief is my favorite book of all time, it kind of took away some of the enjoyment for me while reading this.The plot and the characters ended up being quite different which was great , but I just found that the pacing was a bit off for me It was a bit too slow for my l [...]

    18. A book topping the charts for weeks and weeks hardly needs my help, but I m going to do this one the favor of a recommendation anyway For efficiency s sake, I ll be addressing categories of friends en masse.To those who like big boughed characters i.e than just stick figures You get two compelling souls with this one Marie Laure, the valiant and inquisitive French girl who went blind at age six, and Werner, the tow headed German orphan who had a knack for gadgets and science Set in the years le [...]

    19. For me, this was a very special read I feel like I have been on a long gut wrenching journey, and in a way I have, traveling with two young children, one in Berlin and one in Paris and follow them as they grow up There are poignant moments, downright sad moments, moments that made me smile and moments that made me so very angry Werner in Berlin is a curious child, a child with the talent for putting things together, like radios, he and his sister Jutta live in an orphanage Marie Laure, a blind g [...]

    20. Book you have the right to a speedy trial review THE DEFENSE The story is both heart warming and heart breaking at times Anyone looking for a good cry or an ugly cry, or a proud cry, or, well, any kind of cry, really , this is the book for you Both lead characters are extremely likable and sympathetic The book does a brilliant job portraying the bleakness and tragedy of war and the many different ways it can affect people s lives Werner s story is particularly effective Watching him go from bein [...]

    21. Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever It s a story of childhood interrupted by war Two children a blind French girl Marie Laure LeBlanc and a German orphan Werner Pfennig caught against their will in the unrelenting forces of cruel madness and destruction of World War II, dragged along in the senseless current of history that does not care about the fates or ordinary people This is a story of their lives until the brief moment in which they collide, told in ligh [...]

    22. This is a case of where I am going to hate myself for again feeling a book that has received a multitude of five star ratings feel short for me It was not that I disliked it, but I found it to be jumpy and often disjointed I am not a fan of the current trend of devoting one chapter to one character and the next to another and flipping back and forth To my way of reading and thinking, it doesn t allow the reader me to gather depth of a character It makes me overly anxious to sally forth trying to [...]

    23. Is this the best World War II novel I ve ever read Possibly It s definitely at the top of the list Once again, I m a little late to this book party, but I m glad I made an appearance So many readers had loved this book and now that I ve read it, I can see why it s such a favorite , but I kept putting it off because I ve grown weary of WWII stories Seriously, there is so much published about that period that it s overwhelming to sift through all the titles But there are several things about All t [...]

    24. A 4.5ew coming Have to ponder this a bit It was a 5 until the last 50 pagest sure I am being fair here Very, very good book.UPDATED I received an advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley and Scribner Thanks to NetGalley and Scribner This review, however, is based on the hardcover version.I have read this book twice now The first time, the author had me in the palm of his hand I was totally absorbed in the book and the flow and the pace of how the stories of Marie Laure and Werner were com [...]

    25. Brilliant and breathtaking, Anthony Doerr s WW2 novel is one that will stay with me for a very long time This is so much than just a wartime account it is a heartfelt story which illuminates the human element during these horrific times The characterizations are superb and I loved the way the stories of Marie Laure, the blind French girl living in German occupied Saint Malo, and Werner, the bright German orphan and recruit to Hitler s Youth academy, are interlaced The story alternates between t [...]

    26. This was a well written, beautifully envisioned, powerful, frustrating, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel that humanizes a difficult time.Told from the alternating third person narrative perspectives of a blind French girl, a young German boy and a German sergeant major, author Anthony Doerr, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for this work, blends stark realism with elements of legendary fantasy and introspective prose to create a chronicle of a time and place that is human and approa [...]

    27. What mazes there are in this world The branches of trees, the filigree of roots, the matrix of crystals, the streets her father recreated in his models None complicated than the human brain, Etienne would say, what may be the most complex object in existence one wet kilogram within which spin universes I m a sucker for beautiful writing and this is a very beautifully written novel Doerr always has full imaginative command of his detail and, even if occasionally he feeds too much protein into hi [...]

    28. In the darkest places, at the darkest times, there is light, if we can but believe.This is a story of contrasts, parallels, and coming together It is about light, and so, inevitably, also about the dark.The descriptions are very visual, but what cannot be seen is key One of the two main characters is blind, so it s about touch and smell and sound as well And it s radio that drives many lives and events Radio it ties a million ears to a single mouth It is also a war waged through the air, invisib [...]

    29. Edit Rambling, part one.5 stars for now because I will never forget this story What they mean, will they stick, is another story I may be able to review this novel in 20 minutes or days or years For now I feel betrayed and speechless and sick and humbled and haunted and confused and hopeful and depressed and mad and bewitched and exhausted Perhaps I m supposed to Perhaps I m not I need to gather my thoughts never sounded so fitting, really Trust me, you don t want to be in my head right now, bec [...]

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