Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See


veronica | It’s very rare that I am left utterly breathless from a novel. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr did just that. An expertly woven tale spanning several years during the rise and eventual fall of Hitler had me mesmerized from the very first page. Like many others, I didn’t want this to end.

I’m familiar with authors using flashbacks and forwards for their novel but Doerr did it so seamlessly that the story had great flow. While I anxiously waited to find out the outcome, I still managed to enjoy each chapter and being transported to the heartbreaking, dire days of WWII.

We meet Werner Pfennig, an orphan in Germany, whose love for science quickly gains the attention of the Reich and is taken to a military school. And then there’s Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind girl living in Paris with her father. It’s interesting to see how two people from very different backgrounds, who ordinarily would never have even met, could make such a lasting impact on each other’s lives.

Part war story (and it’s indelible impact on all), part coming of age story, this novel makes us so aware that life isn’t always about moral certainties but also how the natural world works around us. Doerr shows us that beauty is more than just what the eye can see, that it often comes from within ourselves.


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May 6, 2014
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