All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is about Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a young German soldier, in the besieged town of Saint-Malo in 1944 as the Allies are liberating it.  In alternating narratives, we learn how these two arrive in the town and how their lives connect.

A novel set in France during World War II will always spark my interest, but add an original story and absolutely beautiful writing and you have a winner in my eyes.  We all know the big picture bad guys and good guys of the war, but this novel creates a greyer level of players on both sides.  Morality is not always clear in life and death situations — some act for the greater good of everyone, others do only what is best for them; and who is to say what is right or wrong without being there?

This is not a short book (530 pages in hardcover) but it is one that is worth the time invested.



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3 Responses to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  1. Melissa Mc says:

    I just bought this….can’t wait to start.

  2. Kateg says:

    On my pile and I hope to get to it soon! Glad you enjoyed it. I am also a big fan of WW 2 fiction and I love a good long story in the summer. Thanks for reminding me about this book.

  3. I recently finished listening to it and was stunned by its quality

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