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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

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Zach Appelman

16 Hours 2 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

May 2014

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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).

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  • Rebecca V

    Beautiful writing that makes your heart ache for the characters.

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  • Virginia N

    The narrative is so beautiful that it makes me want to read the book

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  • Heather L

    This book was such an amazingly wound tale about the war from two very different view points. It gives a bit of insight into the Reich machine, as well as the brain washing that could occur amidst poor orphan children who had nothing to look forward to and nothing to lose.

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  • Gina W

    Best book I have ever read or listened too. And the narrator was superb at the reading. Brought me to tears..... I couldn't stop listening . My heart ached for the characters???? I was very much moved by a war I have known little of before now. Such an atrocity to humanity !

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  • Gwen C

    Truly an escape in time captured by great story telling. The narrator created the characters persona, highlighting the writers intended distinction and texture. The chapters drift into the crevices of history, love, art. A joy in the journey for the audience.

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  • Sabra G

    I enjoyed it. The story's time-jumping does make it hard to follow, but also an interesting perspective.

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  • Luke T

    I've always loved WWII era stories, but this novel told the story in a new "light," if you will. Mr. Appelman personifies flawlessly the different characters. As a French speaker, I was very impressed with his prononciation, as well as the author's incorporation of the language. The two stories parallel each other in a way that is easy to follow, and doesn't seem forced at all once they merge. I highly recommend!!

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  • Karey C

    A good read. I was in tears for the children in the story.

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  • Sarah Pardue

    Beautifully written. When it came to an end I was so sad it was over and felt I knew each character and felt their pain.

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  • Laura Wendon

    This book has two beautiful yet heart breaking stories intertwine and then collide completely. One of the best stories I've ever known.

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