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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Jul 26, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, literary-fiction, suspense

TCL Call Number: F Doerr A

Cindy W.'s rating: 5 stars
There are three main characters in this sensory-rich, elegantly written novel set in Europe during World War Two. One of them is Marie-Laure, a teen-age French girl rendered blind by cataracts as a child. She bravely navigates the horrors of the war, first in her native Paris, then, thanks to the harried, intuitive escape efforts of her devoted father, in the Brittany Coast town of Saint-Malo. The second main character is Werner, a German orphan, intellectually gifted with science skills, which he innocently hones into the then politically crucial area of radio transmissions. The Nazis find out about Werner's gift, pluck him from the orphanage he and his younger sister live in, and use him to locate enemy radio transmitters. The stories of these two children intersect in random events as thinly and invisibly connected as the radio waves that eventually bring them together. The third main character is a rare, obsession-provoking diamond. Its story fuels the plot of this novel almost as much as those of Marie-Laure and Werner. This is Anthony Doerr’s fifth publication. It was on the NY Times Bestseller list for eight weeks in 2014.

Diana's rating: 5 stars
What a rarity! A literary page-turner I would recommend to a man or woman, young or old. Alternating stories written from also alternating points in time, which come suspensefully together at a crucial moment at the end of World War II in France. Two children for whom adulthood is thrust upon them, whose lives are intertwined in ways neither understands through the power of radio and the love of science. Get yourself on hold for this one!

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July 26, 2014 – Shelved
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: suspense
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September 10, 2014 – Finished Reading

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