All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Published by: Scribner on May 6th 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
: 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) [x].
Review: Wow. I really enjoyed this book. I read it in just over 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down. The writing was perfect. Every sentence was brilliant. The metaphors were so unique. I couldn’t put it down.
The writing style was unique in a way as it was written in scenes that reflected certain characters ranging from a page to five. It is weird that I liked that about this book because in Game of Thrones each chapter is a certain characters but it could be 100s of pages before your back at that character and you’ve kind of forgotten what was happening. With this though, the scenes being so short it’s easy not to get lost.
It was interesting to see the war through two different perspectives. A young German boy who is in the Hitler Youth and a young blind French girl that has to flee her home. There are a lot of other characters in this book who weave there way in and out throughout the course of the novel giving more perspective on how each different personality deals with war and how they survive.
I’m glad that we got an ending that we usually don’t get. Usually a book ends and you’re like “Well, what happened after?” Doerr gives you a little insight into what happens in the characters lives years later. I’ll admit it wasn’t much but it was something.
This review is short as I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed this book. It was lovely. It was haunting. I highly recommend.
Rating: 5/5 stars!