All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr

  • Release Date: 2014-05-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 10,391 Ratings


*COMING IN NOVEMBER AS A NETFLIX LIMITED SERIES—from producer and director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) starring Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie, and newcomer Aria Mia Loberti*

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, the beloved instant New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book 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 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.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he 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 a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).


  • Good but long

    By CarlyM15
    This book was not as entertaining as I thought it would be based on the reviews and Pulitzer Prize. At times, it was very hard to follow and there were so many unanswered questions and story lines. I’m sure that was intentional but it frustrated me. I still gave it 3 stars because the writing was incredible. However, it didn’t need to be so long either. The author dragged out many scenarios using great literary techniques but it didn’t add much to the storylines.
  • Need to read

    By sethb523
    This book is amazing and you must read it! The chapters are quick and different character POVs keep it interesting. Great insights as well on WW2 and how many lives were affected and claimed.
  • Beautifully written

    By this girl Shanna
    If you like books like the book thief, the kite runner, where the crawdads sing, this one is for you. Beautifully written
  • 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    By amandax345
    So well written can’t wait for the show!!
  • The last paragraph! Splendid!

    By Kdub!
    The title captured me and reading with an open mind, a piece of art in written prose. Bravo!

    By hcclc
  • Slow and disjointed

    By Scalinni
    Horribly slow to develop. I didn’t like bouncing between stories.

    By heldberg1027
    Omg. Still sobbing. This is a book I see myself coming back to for years to come. Seriously, get this book
  • All the light we cannot see

    By franceen queen
    It was a fascinating intertwined story of love life and the hardships of war I truly loved this book as I loved all his others
  • I miss these characters already

    By Kc36+
    Such a great journey.