All the Light We Cannot See (Hardcover)

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All the Light We Cannot See is a gorgeously written novel about beauty, love, courage, and history. Two teenagers – a blind girl in Paris, an orphan boy in Germany – are coming-of-age with the coming of war. When Marie Laure and her father flee Paris, they may be carrying one of France’s greatest treasures (and curses). Werner’s fascination with radios, and his fear of the mines that killed his father, make him a valuable soldier for the Reich. You want to savor every sentence, every image, but the pages fly anyway as the novel follows their paths to Saint-Malo, a walled city on the coast of France under siege at the end of the war. The smallest spark of humanity, a fleeting connection across borders, the apocalyptic devastation of war; in the vastness of time, they almost disappear, but they all matter. It’s not a new subject, but it reads like one: life.

— Sara, Atlanta

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
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).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476746586
ISBN-10: 1476746583
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 531
Language: English