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All The Light We Cannot See

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Julie Teal

17 Hours 1 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers UK

May 2014

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WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel 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 within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.


In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.


Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

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  • Anonymous

    A very good book but quite sad and moving with lots of detail of how difficult life was during WW11

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  • Kirsten S.

    This novel weaves some many stories together beautifully and painfully. A story of how, miraculously, some people were able to survive WWII, while others didn't.

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  • Jess H.

    Amazing book. Highly recommend! Narrator was excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    I loved this book. Really loved it. It was beautifully written; captivating and heart-felt. A very satisfying listen. Highly recommend.

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  • Raine B.

    A very moving story of life in Europe during WWII, told from the perspective of two protagonists from opposing sides. A heartbreaking story of the reality of war for those at home and on the front, told through breathtakingly beautiful prose. The plot, however, is woven in it jumps back and forth through time, which does not lend itself nicely to the audiobook format.

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