National Book Award Finalist
New York Times Bestseller
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel 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, from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr.
Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.
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“ All the Light We Cannot See is a dazzling, epic work of fiction. Anthony Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about snails on beaches and armies on the move, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing together.” (Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins)
“Doerr sees the world as a scientist, but feels it as a poet. He knows about everything - radios, diamonds, mollusks, birds, flowers, locks, guns - but he also writes a line so beautiful, creates an image or scene so haunting, it makes you think forever differently about the big things - love, fear, cruelty, kindness, the countless facets of the human heart … Doerr's new novel is that novel, the one you savor, and ponder, and happily lose sleep over, then go around urging all your friends to read - now.” (J.R. Moehringer, author of Sutton and The Tender Bar)
“A tender exploration of this world's paradoxes; the beauty of the laws of nature and the terrible ends to which war subverts them; the frailty and the resilience of the human heart; the immutability of a moment and the healing power of time … A compelling and uplifting novel.” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans)
“[ All the Light We Cannot See] presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending… Highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient.” (Evelyn Beck, Library Journal)
Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 05.10.2015
Love and Compassion in Wartime France
Is this another world war II story? No, not really. Anthony Doerr takes us to wartime France and Germany, where we follow the life of a 14 year old, blind French girl, Marie Laure and the German orphan boy Werner, who is crazy about radios and spends his time in an elite Nazi training camp. There is enough of the insane cruelty and misery of the wartime in these countries, but there is much more to the story.
Marie and Werner only meet towards the end of the story briefly, but somehow you feel that their life is gravitating towards each other. Regardless of her blindness Marie manages to support the freedom fighters by carrying messages, while Werner helps to track members of the resistance movement. In Marie's and Werner's short encounter, Werner rids himself of everything he was taught to do and for the first time, he does, what he thinks is the right thing to do.
Somehow this is the story od simply people, who manage to uphold their values, regardless of all misery and pain. It is a story about humanity, love and compassion in places, where you would expect it the least.
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Von gigel Am hilfreichsten 13.01.2015
This is a book to remember
Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von All the Light We Cannot See besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?
"All the Light We Cannot See" tells a story from the view point of two very different teenagers, one a blind French girl the other one a German boy attending a elite SS-boarding school that are in the end connected by their love for science and life. Both live in a completely different world at the same time, the 30ties and the Second World War. Both are raised in very different ways and still they meet. I don't want to spoil the book for you by telling the story but I can assure you I haven't read a book that was as touching as this for a long time.
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