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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Written by Anthony Doerr

Narrated by Zach Appelman


All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Written by Anthony Doerr

Narrated by Zach Appelman

ratings:
4.5/5 (2,329 ratings)
Length:
16 hours
Released:
May 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781442369375
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

One of the best of the decade…

Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is sensational — the rare book that takes a well-worn subject and adds an unforgettable spin. It follows the twin narratives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan recruited to the military, at the height of WWII. The story is haunting, the imagery of war-torn France beautiful, and the characters so rich in depth that devouring the entire book feels inevitable.

Description

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).

Released:
May 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781442369375
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Anthony Doerr is the author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.



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Critic reviews

  • Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is sensational — the rare book that takes a well-worn subject and adds an unforgettable spin. It follows the twin narratives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan recruited to the military, at the height of WWII. The story is haunting, the imagery of war-torn France beautiful, and the characters so rich in depth that devouring every page feels inevitable.

    Scribd Editors
  • Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is sensational — the rare book that takes a well-worn subject and adds an unforgettable spin. It follows the twin narratives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan recruited to the military, at the height of WWII. The story is haunting, the imagery of war-torn France beautiful, and the characters so rich in depth that devouring every page feels inevitable.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (4/5)
    This is a wonderful book. Beautiful, poetic prose that really brings the places and experiences to life. This is not a shiny, happy-ending sort of book, because in wartime there are previous few of those.The only downside is that it moves a little slow.
  • (5/5)
    I am not quite to the end of this, but I already know. All the Light We Cannot See is destined to be one of THE Books. Doerr's poetry and attention to detail are graceful, minute, and breathtaking, without dampening the dramatic build and momentous action. All this, with incredible depth of field: antiquated radio technology is made fresh and relevant again in the hands of a brilliant-minded orphan, the good old-fashioned observational and theoretical scientific process is re-validated through the hands of a blind girl, and World War 2 in Europe puts on a new, unique and marvelous human face. Like Lucy with the Magician's book in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I want to read this book forever. 500 stars. (Update: I've since finished the novel and I like it even more. 600 stars.)
  • (4/5)
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; (4*); Doerr paints a picture of two adolescents growing up on opposite sides of WWII. The paths each follows ultimately lead to their meeting one another and make for wonderful storytelling. The author uses contrast of characters and events to develop his characters: peace versus war, the mature and experienced versus the young and innocent, etc. I found it interesting how well this worked for the author. Doerr uses short chapters to move back and forth among characters and events and to take time out of sequence. A very effective way to make what was a rather long read move along quickly. This was my first experience with this particular author. I would like to read something else by him.
  • (5/5)
    Moving, heart-wrenching and beautiful all despite being set in the second world war. Paths collide but it's about survival in terrible unfathomable conditions. I had never thought of what it must be like to be caught up in something so awful and frightening as war and conflict when you cannot see or cannot walk etc. This story will stay with me.
  • (5/5)
    A very powerful book. It is well written and interesting. I liked the fact that most of the book focused on two main characters and their perspectives on what was happening throughout WWII. I could easily picture what was happening and the author did a great job creating characters that readers will feel something for and care about.
  • (5/5)
    What beautiful writing!