*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*
From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious 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.
*Soon to be a Netflix limited series from the producers of Stranger Things*
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
By focusing on the exquisite details of a finely powdered cake, the crackle of an old-time radio show, or the sensation of holding a seashell in your palm, Anthony Doerr turns a harrowing story of survival into a life-affirming pleasure. Set against the backdrop of World War II, All the Light We Cannot See crisscrosses through time to tell the story of Marie-Laure LeBlanc—an adventurous blind Parisian girl—and Werner Pfennig, a prodigal German orphan who plays a reluctant role stamping out resistance broadcasts. Short chapters unfold with the vividness of a dream, ensuring Doerr’s remarkable characters imprint themselves on your heart.
Broadway actor Appelman delivers a moving performance in the audio edition of Doerr's beautiful WWII novel. The story shifts back and forth in time, and alternates between the perspectives of two protagonists, Marie-Laure a blind French girl whose locksmith father builds models of the city to help her adapt to her surroundings and Werner Pfennig, a German orphan who is separated from his sister, Jutta, when he's called to work for the Nazis as an engineer. The stories are both involving in their own right, as we track how the peaceful lives of a father/daughter and brother/sister are slowly disrupted by the rise of the Nazis. Reader Appelman helps convey the emotional tension of each scene with dialogue that is devastatingly moving, and his portrayal of Marie-Laure's uncle, Etienne, is particularly effective. All and all, Appelman turns in a dramatic and well-paced performance of Doerr's richly conveyed and heartbreaking period piece. A Scribner hardcover.
Magnificent and Moving
I believe this is one of the best books I have ever read...and I've been an avid reader for well over 60 years! The tapestry that Tony Doerr has woven shimmers with humanity and compassion even as it evokes a most inhuman time during WWII. Every character is drawn with a subtle but exacting touch, so that the reader is drawn into the story with a feeling of intimacy. This is true of even the most minor characters;with Doerr no person or element is minor. His injection into the story of a mythical jewel and the search for it by a maniacal Nazi serves as a counterpoint to the delicacy of the lead characters, who remain totally unaware of its value. The story concludes but never ends because we are left with the haunting memories of this magnificent book. Absolutely a stunner of extraordinary power.
I have fallen in love with this book. It's so detailed is beautiful. Every time I finish reading a book I always end up feeling so empty, like there is always something missing :( , but this one, it's the first that left me whole.
I recommend this to everyone, they will love it.
Sometimes you just don't connect with a book and that was the case with this one. I struggled all the way through this novel. There were passages that kept me hoping it would smooth out, so I stuck with it. Bottom line for me? Very depressing novel not worth the read.