All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied Franc Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two ...

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Title:All the Light We Cannot See
Author:Anthony Doerr
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:All the Light We Cannot See
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:531 pages pages

All the Light We Cannot See Reviews

  • Steve
    Apr 15, 2015
    A book topping the charts for weeks and weeks hardly needs my help, but I?m going to do this one the favor of a recommendation anyway. For efficiency?s sake, I?ll be addressing categories of friends en masse. To those who like big-boughed characters (i.e., more than just stick...
  • Diane
    May 19, 2014
    Is this the best World War II novel I've ever read? Possibly. It's definitely at the top of the list.* Once again, I'm a little late to this book party, but I'm glad I made an appearance. So many readers had loved this book (and now that I've read it, I can see why it's such a favor...
  • Chrissie
    Oct 20, 2013
    Why write a review if I am such an atypical reader? I will keep this brief since I feel most readers will not react as I have, but isn?t it important that all views are voiced? All readers must agree that the flipping back and forth between different time periods makes this boo...
  • Cecily
    Mar 23, 2016
    In the darkest places, at the darkest times, there is light, if we can but believe. This is a story of contrasts, parallels, and coming together. It is about light, and so, inevitably, also about the dark. The descriptions are very visual, but what cannot be seen is key. ...
  • Marialyce
    Jun 01, 2014
    This is a case of where I am going to hate myself for again feeling a book that has received a multitude of five star ratings feel short for me. It was not that I disliked it, but I found it to be jumpy and often disjointed. I am not a fan of the current trend of devoting one chapter t...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jun 28, 2014
    4/20/15 - PULITZER WINNER for 2014 The brain is locked in total darkness of course, children, says the voice. It floats in a clear liquid inside the skull, never in the light. And yet the world it constructs in the mind is full of light. It brims with color and movement. So how, chil...
  • Becky
    May 06, 2014
    I'm sure this is going to mark me as a literary dud, but for all the brilliant reviews of this book? I couldn't really get into it. The book revolves around Marie-Laure, a blind girl who lives with her father. Her father is the locksmith at the Paris Museum of Natural History, and M...
  • Dem
    Jan 11, 2014
    I enjoyed this novel by Anthony Doerr and yet when I was nearing the end I couldn't help feel a a sense of relief to have finished the book. I enjoy historical fiction and really looked forward to this novel by Anthony Doerr as it was set in a time frame that that really interests m...
  • Dianne
    Jan 21, 2014
    A 4.5....review coming. Have to ponder this a bit. It was a 5 until the last 50 pages....not sure I am being fair here. Very, very good book. UPDATED: I received an advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley and Scribner. Thanks to NetGalley and Scribner. This review, however, ...
  • Maciek
    May 16, 2014
    This is a carefully constructed book which is bound to captivate a large audience and become very popular, and be blessed with many warm reviews - it was chosen by Goodreads members as the best historical fiction of 2014, and shortlisted for the National Book Award. There are multiple ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jun 02, 2014
    oK. When I started this book, I noticed some similarities to The Book Thief, and although they quickly fell to the wayside, I couldn't help but compare this book to The Book Thief the entire time I was reading it. And since The Book Thief is my favorite book of all time, it kind of ...
  • Candi
    Feb 12, 2015
    Brilliant and breathtaking, Anthony Doerr?s WW2 novel is one that will stay with me for a very long time. This is so much more than just a wartime account; it is a heartfelt story which illuminates the human element during these horrific times. The characterizations are superb and I ...
  • Nataliya
    Dec 07, 2014
    "Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever." It's a story of childhood interrupted by war. Two children - a blind French girl Marie-Laure LeBlanc and a German orphan Werner Pfennig - caught against their will in the unrelenting forces of cruel madness and...
  • LeeAnne
    May 30, 2014
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr This book has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I've ever read. It's brimming with rich details that fill all five senses simultaneously. It's full of beautiful metaphors that paint gorgeous images. I didn't want this book to end, b...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 11, 2013
    For me, this was a very special read. I feel like I have been on a long gut-wrenching journey, and in a way I have, traveling with two young children, one in Berlin and one in Paris and follow them as they grow-up. There are poignant moments, downright sad moments, moments that made me...
  • Emily May
    Dec 02, 2014
    ?So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?? I'm going to be honest - love for this book didn't hit me straight away. In fact, my first attempt to read it last year ended with me putting it aside and going to fin...
  • Angela M
    Dec 11, 2013
    What I loved most about this book was all the light that I did see. There is so much here that captivated me - from the beautiful writing to the strong, caring characters to the loving relationships and the way people touched each other's lives during the trying times of WW II. Para...
  • Lyn
    Sep 09, 2015
    This was a well written, beautifully envisioned, powerful, frustrating, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel that humanizes a difficult time. Told from the alternating third person narrative perspectives of a blind French girl, a young German boy and a German sergeant majo...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Jun 11, 2016
    This book was so beautiful and haunting. I fell in love with so many of the characters, and loved how their lives were weaved together. Knowing the time period this was set in, I knew the ending would hurt. And it did, though I didn't shed as many tears as I expected. The writing was ...
  • Jim Fonseca
    Mar 07, 2017
    This is a great book. Its very high ratings (4.3; half of the ratings are "5's") renews my faith that GR ratings count for something. With almost 50,000 reviews on GR I don?t feel there is a lot for me to add but here?s a brief summary of the plot and I?ll give a few examples of ...
  • Melanie
    Oct 17, 2013
    I always thought, or imagined, that there were these invisible lines trembling in our wake, outlining our trajectories through life, throbbing with electric energy. Lines that sometimes cross one other, or follow in parallel ellipses without ever touching, or meet up for one brief mome...
  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    Dec 20, 2016
    "Book - you have the right to a speedy trial" - review THE DEFENSE - The story is both heart-warming and heart-breaking at times. Anyone looking for a good cry (or an ugly cry, or a proud cry, or, well, any kind of cry, really), this is the book for you! - Both lead charact...
  • Matthew
    Jun 30, 2016
    I think that my opinion of this book does not match the general opinion. I was pretty bored throughout and my mind kept wandering. I kept waiting for a big payoff, plot twist, that would bring my attention crashing back. I thought there might be some grand resolution beyond the symb...
  • Candace
    Oct 05, 2016
    So, I know I should be oohing and ahhing over this book, but it just wasn't for me. This is definitely one of those "it's not you, it's me" moments. I can see why many people have given such glowing reviews, but I found it to be unbearably dull and slow-moving. I never felt a strong co...
  • Regan
    May 24, 2014
    It was amazing. ...
  • Adina
    Jun 06, 2018
    How do I review a novel that most of my friends loved but left me mainly indifferent. Again, I have a case when I feel guilty for not liking a book more and trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Since that failed I will try my luck explaining what this novel did or didn?t do fo...
  • Jenna
    Mar 18, 2014
    It has been awhile since I have found a book that I wanted to read slowly so that I could soak in every detail in hopes that the last page seems to never come. When reading the synopsis of this novel, I never imagined that I would feel so connected to a book where one of the main c...
  • Rick Riordan
    Jul 24, 2015
    Adult fiction This book is getting a lot of well-deserved attention for its unique story and its beautiful writing. It starts late in World War II, as the Allies begin shelling the French city of Saint-Malo to drive out the remaining Nazi troops. Our two main characters are Marie L...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 18, 2016
    Honestly, wtf? I mean, we all know the blind person trope (Daredevil, etc) and the lovable Nazi trope (Hiroshima Mon Amour) and the mystical object searched for by evil Nazis trope (Indiana Jones), so why throw all of these together? The book was readable but no more so than a pulp fic...
  • Miranda Reads
    Apr 19, 2018
    Why are all prize winning books so depressing? Do the Pulitzer Prize judges immediately disqualify fun books? Seriously, I don't think I've seen a happy one yet. Don?t you want to be alive before you die? We follow two storylines - one set in Germany focused on Werner Pfennig, ...