Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful 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 in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. 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).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Anthony Doerr’s sumptuously written, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel tells the tale of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths cross amid the turbulence of World War II. We were enchanted by Doerr’s exquisite sense of detail and his intricate plot, which unfolds in short chapters that alternate between his young protagonists’ perspectives. Doerr’s narrative sparkle and resonance are enriched by Shakespearean actor Zach Appelman, whose vocal inflections and crisp delivery are perfectly suited to the story’s cinematic prose.
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Great story, bad ending
The writing is wonderful, with vivid imagery and details from extensive research. I couldn’t wait to see how the story would end—but it doesn’t end.