All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: A Novel Review

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Book Review
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Book Review

DIKSIA.COM - is a 2014 war by American author . The is set during and centers around the characters Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind French girl who takes refuge in her uncle's house in Saint-Malo after Paris is invaded by Nazi Germany, and Werner Pfennig, a bright German boy who is accepted into a military school because of his skills in radio technology, before being sent to the military.

Introduction

is a beautifully written novel that tells the story of two young people caught up in the chaos of . The novel is written in a poetic style, and almost all of the chapters alternate between Marie-Laure's story and Werner's story, both of which parallel each other. The narrative has a nonlinear structure, flashing between the Battle of Saint-Malo and the events leading up to it.

The story has moral themes such as the dangers of greed and the nature of sacrifice, and portrays Doerr's fascination with science and nature. Doerr's first inspiration came from a 2004 train ride, during which he watched a man become angry because his telephone call cut out. Doerr felt the man was unappreciative of the “miracle” of being able to communicate across long distances.

Novel Details

  • Title: All the Light We Cannot See
  • Author:
  • Genres: Historical
  • Chapter: 177
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: May 6, 2014
  • Rating: 4.33/5 (Goodreads)
  • Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Recommended Audience

All the Light We Cannot See is recommended for readers who enjoy and stories set during World War II. The novel is also recommended for readers who appreciate beautiful writing and complex characters.

Overview of the Book

All the Light We Cannot See tells the story of Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind French girl who takes refuge in her uncle's house in Saint-Malo after Paris is invaded by Nazi Germany, and Werner Pfennig, a bright German boy who is accepted into a military school because of his skills in radio technology, before being sent to the military.

Book Author

Anthony Doerr is an American author born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1973. He majored in history at Bowdoin College and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University. He is the author of several books, including the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace, All the Light We Cannot See, and Cloud Cuckoo Land.