All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Published by Simon and Schuster on 5/6/2014
Source: Publisher
Pages: 544
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Marie-Laure grows up in Paris, just before the German occupation of World War II. Though she cannot see, her locksmith father builds a model of the neighborhood, which gives her the confidence to walk the streets with little assistance. Once the Germans enter the city, her father is forced to leave his job at the Museum of Natural History and help her escape to Saint-Malo, where the pair hope to stay safe with Marie-Laure’s eccentric great uncle. 
 
In Germany, Werner and his younger sister Jutta grow up without parents; raised in an orphanage with few material possessions, but great warmth and love. Curious and bright, Werner develops a talent for fixing old radios, which eventually earns him a spot at a German military academy. Though he struggles to justify his beliefs with those of his superiors and peers, Werner loves the work that eventually leads him to Marie-Laure. 
 
Doerr pulls readers into Werner and Marie Laure’s stories with short, alternating chapters that take place both before and during the German occupation of France. In one or two pages, he is able to brilliantly explain what it feels like to walk through a house without sight before shifting perspectives and describing the beauty in a radio broadcast. But Doerr’s true talent lies in his ability to highlight the parallels between those perspectives and continuously build on the intensity of each situation.
 
Written in style that feels both fresh and familiar, All the Light We Cannot See is a fully engrossing novel that stands well out from its peers. All the buzz that’s beginning to fly around it is well deserved – you want to grab this book.
 
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