All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See Summary

Written By Anthony Doerr

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 8,070 Readers

All the Light We Cannot See Book Summary


From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, 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.

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, 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).

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All the Light We Cannot See is a Fiction & Literature book, written By Anthony Doerr. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 8,070 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Beautiful

    By ShirlyS07
    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.
  • Painful read

    By Cokie L
    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.
  • All the Light We Cannot See

    By katYsPop
    Simply put, it was a privilege to read this novel.


  • Difficult to plow through

    By TKScrabble
    There are so many and so many descriptions throughout this book that the story and characters get lost. To make it more confusing the author jumps back and forth though different time frames, which really do not add to the story or its telling. And then: the two main characters are together for less than a day and one of them gets killed! I waded through all of this for a terrible ending! And then the stone is mysteriously somewhere! Good grief. So bad.
  • A must read

    By Zaelora
    This book is so captivating. It’s mesmerizing. You will not want to finish it, because all the emotions it makes you feel, you’ll become addicted to it. Everyone should read it.
  • All the light we cannot see

    By boooooooookworm📚
    This book had me captivated until the very end. I was in awe of the way the story was written. It made me cry and only really amazing books can make a person cry.
  • All the Light We Cannot See

    By awilder19
    Loved it.
  • If you like WWII fiction, you’ll like this

    By Jayline87
    Beautiful story with characters you can’t help but fall in love. So many great elements to this book: the telling of the story from both sides of the war, through the POV of children. I loved the way the story was structured so that you knew what it was leading towards. I think that added to it rather than spoil it. Completely worth the read.
  • Let down

    By Jessiep813
    I read this after I read “the nightingale” and I think because the other book was so good, I felt this was horrible. I had to force myself through every page
  • Completely recommend

    By Stacy Butter
    I love this book so much. Especially science there so much tea in this book. But, I do wish there was more of a plot twist. Overall it’s a great book.
  • Trite story in great setting

    By Azmazda102201
    Trite story in great setting—blind motherless girl meets albino tech-savvy boy—what are their chances?
  • A literal journey

    By OregonJoereads
    Although many other reviews state that the book starts off slow or that the characters are hard to connect with I did not feel that way. Right from the jump it pulled me in and made me want to read more. The author’s language and imagery never fail to paint precise scenes in your mind. The storytelling and connections among characters also intertwine beautiful all throughout the book. Truly a good read from start to finish.