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Winner of the Historical Fiction category
The book has also won the Pulitzer prize!!!

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

Book Summary
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.

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Questions for thoughts:

#1: The book opens with two epigraphs. How do these quotes set the scene for the rest of the book?

#2: Which character/story did you enjoy the most?

#3: The narration moves back and forth both in time and between different characters, did it confused you? Did you like that aspect?

#4: What do you think of the author’s decision to flash forward at the end of the book? Did you like getting a peek into the future of some of these characters? Did anything surprise you?

#5: What is in your opinion the overall message of the book?

thewanderingjew | 96 comments #5: What is in your opinion the overall message of the book?
Sometimes those who can see are the truly blind!

Angela M I loved the relationships that developed between my favorite characters , especially Madame Manec and her friendship with Marie. Also with Marie and her uncle Ettiene .
Overall , loved this book . 5 stars - my review :

Valerie (darthval) | 411 comments I was really underwhelmed by this book. I think maybe it suffers in my mind in comparison to better WWII era fiction that I've read.

I did like the two characters and had no issue with the alternating POV. I think this format suited the book.

I was ambivalent about the flash forward at the end. I think by this point in the book, I just wanted it to be over.

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) | 6 comments If anyone is interested, Diane Rehm did a good Readers' Review show on this one:

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