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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Doerr, Anthony
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Scribner
Published: May 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.70in
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From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose 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.

Doerr's "stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer "whose sentences never fail to thrill" (Los Angeles Times).
Review Quote*"Exquisite…Mesmerizing…Nothing short of brilliant."
Review Quote*"Hauntingly beautiful."
Review Quote*"History intertwines with irresistible fiction-secret radio broadcasts, a cursed diamond, a soldier's deepest doubts-into a richly compelling, bittersweet package."
Review Quote*"Anthony Doerr again takes language beyond mortal limits."
Review Quote*"The whole enthralls."
Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"Stupendous…A beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel."
Review Quote*"Stunning and ultimately uplifting… Doerr's not-to-be-missed tale is a testament to the buoyancy of our dreams, carrying us into the light through the darkest nights."
Review Quote*"Doerr has packed each of his scenes with such refractory material that All the Light We Cannot See reflects a dazzling array of themes….Startlingly fresh."