All The Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410470225
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/23/2014
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 785
  • Sales rank: 233,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr
Currently the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Boise State University, Anthony Doerr has developed a reputation for writing short fiction -- like his critically acclaimed debut collection, The Shell Collector -- utilizing a deft economy of phrase that reminds readers that, sometimes, less is truly more.

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In our interview with Doerr, he revealed some fun facts about himself:

"I hate peanut butter. I loathe it. My mom used to make it from scratch, and I remember watching her pour all that oil into her Cuisinart. And the sound of it, chunking around in there as it got whipped into paste. Ugh!"

"I am a horrific driver in the snow. I get very anxious. I love snow but I feel like humans aren't meant to move 60 mph through it."

"We have a dog named Lucy! She has such a pure heart. She is the best dog that has ever lived."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Tony Doerr
    2. Hometown:
      Boise, Idaho
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 27, 1973
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cleveland, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Bowdoin College, 1995; M.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 1999

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Awesome

    I seldom write a review, but after reading this wonderful book I had to share my thoughts...never heard of this author but was recomended
    This author writes with so much thought and crafting of each chapter I was totally drawn in to the story...I wanted more
    His writing is wonderfully poetic and mesmerizing and informs a good deal of history that most people are probably not aware of
    This rates in the top 10 of my favorite books
    Did not want to put it down and have ordered one of his previous books...please enjoy

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    What a gift to read

    A beautiful, beautiful story. This is what reading is all about. Thank you, Mr. Doerr.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Never having read an Anthony Doerr book prior to this, I was ins

    Never having read an Anthony Doerr book prior to this, I was inspired to read this only by topic and reviews from B&N ratings.  Not only is the 5-star rating pertinent, if there was a 6-star rating, this book would earn that ranking.  The characters are fully understandable, interesting, and fleshed out.  The historical value of the book rings true to facts regarding the confusing monstrosities of war.  I will definitely invest time to read other Doerr books as quickly as possible!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    All the Light We Cannot See is a poignant look at the devastat

    All the Light We Cannot See is a poignant look at the devastation that comes with war and how it leads people along roads they would never have taken in other circumstances. Set in WW II Germany and France with forays into the Soviet Union, it tells the parallel journeys of Marie Laure, a blind German girl, and Werner Pfennig, a German orphan. Werner’s gift with electronics attracts the attention of Nazi military technicians who drag him into the Hitler Youth and, eventually, into the war where he is responsible for determining the coordinates of enemy resistance fighters using hidden radios. Marie Laure is the beloved daughter of the French National Museum locksmith. He flees Paris with his daughter when the Germans invade, going to stay with his housebound uncle, Etienne, in St. Malo.

    The book begins when the child Werner and Etienne’s paths cross over the radio waves. Etienne brother had recorded ten children’s radio shows and Etienne played them over the wireless radio. Werner and his sister listened to them faithfully sparking Werner’s interest in science and electronics. Interestingly, the book ends when the soldier Werner’s path crosses with Marie Laure. He hears Marie Laure reading a book over the same wireless while requesting help between sentences and goes to her aid instead of reporting her. Between these two events, Doerr shows the paths followed by the two children and how their personal characteristics determine the wartime choices they make. Part of the story includes the search for an ancient diamond rumored to bring death to those closest to the person who owns it. Marie Laure is at the crux of this portion of the story. She must decide whether to hold on to the stone or get rid of it. The question in her mind is whether the rumors are true and can she affect whether the stone’s power will prevail.

    Some readers may be confused by Doerr’s use of parallel stories while moving back and forth in time, however, if readers pay attention to the time lines at the beginning of each chapter, they should not have difficulty keeping up with the story. All the Light We Cannot See examines the roads ordinary people take to protect themselves when faced with circumstances beyond their control.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    You, Mr. Doerr, have a new fan. Love your writing style. Love

    You, Mr. Doerr, have a new fan. Love your writing style. Love your story - it will stay in my heart for a long, long time - and then I will read it again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    This book is the standard by which all beautiful books should be

    This book is the standard by which all beautiful books should be held. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Truly enjoyed this book

    Its historical significance added to the lovely story. Would highly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    You will like it.

    One of the best stories I've ever. Beautifully written with history and romance included very gracefully. Don't be put off by the length. The construction of the novel is so unique,
    the story unfolds easily. It is a book that one wished would never end. I recommend it highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    A FANTASTIC READ

    Each year I yearn for a book that pulls me in and doesn't let go! This story is one I did not want to end! Beautifully written and one I will remember for a very long time. I have recommended it over and over again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    My kind of book. I like and need the history -- if you don't hav

    My kind of book. I like and need the history -- if you don't have a setting you don't understand the people. He did a lot of research on a number of things.
    I bet he can put together a radio in no time. Try it, you'll like it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Very simply.....stunning!

    Very simply.....stunning!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

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    : )

    1 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Instant Classic

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and still can't get over how much I enjoyed reading it. Beautifully written.

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

    Very good story.

    This was a very different look at WWII. The story of a blind girl, and an orphan who enjoyed radios. The way they actually ended up interacting with each other, unknowingly is an interesting story. I loved the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Wonderful read.

    Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. The characters stayed with me long after finishing the book. One of my favorite reads in a very long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Beautiful

    A beautiful story of love and fate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Great book!

    I loved this book and was sad when it ended.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    This is at the top of my 2014 best reads, and may be one of my a

    This is at the top of my 2014 best reads, and may be one of my all time favorites. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Great 5 stars

    Excellent, loved the writing style. A WWII story told from a whole different point of view. Magical

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Excellent book

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The lives of a young German boy and a blind French girl move toward each other in ingenious ways. Their lives finally intersect. The author wrote an interesting and well-written story.

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