All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (REVIEW)

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.


As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a soft spot for literature connected to the Second World War. Some are exciting, others way off and then there are those who move and captivate you from beginning to end, this is one of those.

I loved the character of Marie-Laure from the very beginning. Her curious ways, the way she stayed positive and her love for adventures and escaping into the world of books. I could easily picture her solving the intricate puzzles her father made for her as well as tracing her fingers along the model he made of Paris, and later of Saint-Malo.

The young German Werner stumbles upon radios and find a passion for it. This coincidence saves him from the coalmines but also brings him into the war. His talent gets him into school and before he knows it he is trapped on the Nazi side of the war. He knows that following orders keeps you alive but something just doesn’t feel right to him. He begins the question the war, the Nazis and Hitler.

And there’s the story about the Sea of Flames, a jewel with a long history and possibly a curse.

All this together makes a perfect story of adventure, family, mystery, love and war. I loved every minute of it. I was moved to smiles and tears and can easily say that this book qualifies as one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read.

five-starsAll The Light We Cannot See gets five stars and my highest recommendation!

One of my favorite quotes from the book:

“To shut your eyes is to guess nothing of blindness. Beneath your world of skies and faces and buildings exists a rawer and older world, a place where surface planes disintegrate and sounds ribbon in shoals through the air.”


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