All the Light We Cannot See (Paperback)

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In this beautiful and bittersweet novel set during World War II, Anthony Doerr
tells the parallel tales of Marie Laure, a blind girl living in
occupied France, and Werner, a young German radio enthusiast in the
Hitler Youth program. Doerr's portrayal of Marie Laure's
relationship with her father, the locksmith at Paris's Museum of Natural
History, is tender and true. Werner's journey across Europe, where he
helps ferret out resistors, is unflinching and richly detailed. Through
these characters, Doerr encapsulates the great horrors of war. Moreover, he weaves a deeply compelling story of lives torn asunder and united.

— Michael

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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. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind. 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. They carry with them perhaps the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a German mining town, an orphan named Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. He becomes expert at fixing these new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the Resistance. Increasingly 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: 9781476746593
ISBN-10: 1476746591
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 544
Language: English