Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.

Once you start to read this book, you won’t be able to put it down.

This is the story of a French six-years old Marie Laure and a German orphan boy Werner who lived in different countries but their lives will become entwined during World War II.

Marie Laure lives in Paris where his father works at the Museum of Natural History. Once she became blind, her father built a city miniature made of wood to her n order to help her to walk around the city, by recognizing the main buildings around their neighborhood.

However, this miniature will be also used by her father as a hiding-place for a very valuable diamond.

Once Paris is taken by the Nazis, they moved to Saint-Malo.

In the meantime, Werner and his sister Jutta lives in Germany where he learns to build and to repair radios, a talent which will place him at a military academy. He will then became a master in locate all radios used by the Resistance once he moves to the same city where Marie Laure and his father are living. However his father will be arrested by the Nazis and Marie- Laure will live with her uncle.

The development of the main characters continues even after the end of the war, by finishing in the present days.

As historical background, the author describes quite well how Saint-Malo inhabitants have faced the events of World War II. It should be reminded that this city is located just 100 miles from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Almost the surrounding cities have been badly damaged by the Nazis in their retreat from the Allies army. The siege of Saint-Malo is described quite well here.

Since I have been recently in Saint-Malo, I could trust in the author’s description of this amazing city while reading this magnificent novel.


Books at The Times by Janet Maslin.

Darkness Visible @ Sunday Book Review by William T. Vollmann.

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners – Fiction: For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. Awarded to “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.


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