All The Light We Cannot See

Book Review – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I don’t really remember when or how I heard about All The Light We Cannot See. I was scrolling through Amazon and the book was on sale which prompted me to buy it. All I knew about the book was that it was set during WW2 and involved a blind girl. Also, the cover intrigued me.

About The Book

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance.

Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details:

Author: Anthony Doerr
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Fourth Estate Books
Date Of Publication: 10th December 2015
Pages: 544
Format: Paperback
Source: Self-Bought

Ever since I got to know what this book was about, All The Light We Cannot See has been on my “most awaited” book list. I remember placing the order on Amazon and I couldn’t wait for the book to get here.

I love Historical Fiction. If you look at my bookshelf back home, more than half of the books I own are from this genre. In school, my history class on WW1 and WW2 were my favourite. So obviously, this book was right in my alley.

All The Light We Cannot See tells us the story about a blind French girl Marie and a German/Austrian boy Werner. The book spans years. It starts when they’re children and goes on into their adulthood. This book shows us how the war affected both of them. It tells us how their lives were interwoven right from the beginning.

Anthony Doerr has written so beautifully. There is emotion on every page. You feel the fear and helplessness of the Parisians when the War hits, you feel the indoctrination and fear that lives in the minds of the German people during Hitler’s era.

The story takes place in the present and flashbacks. You see how life was before the war and where the war had brought them. It brings the atrocities of WW2 to life. You feel like you’re living during the war, you feel like you’re fleeing Paris and like you’re part of the German army.

This book is one of the best books that I read last year. This is not a book you can rush through and I would seriously recommend taking your time with it. Read the book slowly and live in its pages.

All The Light We Cannot See is a Pulitzer prize-winning book for the year 2015 in the fiction category and is also a GoodReads Choice Award winner for the year 2014.

Would I recommend this book? Yes! If you love anything historical and WW2, I guarantee that you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

About the Author

Anthony Doerr is a multi-award-winning author of five books. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho.

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Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


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