All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr ( Kindle Edition ) Kindle eBook | Books
Anthony Doerr, the author of All the Light We Cannot See, truly has a gift for writing. He was able to make you feel like you in the story right along with the characters.
The story is told by alternating between two main characters. The first main character is named Werner. He is a boy growing up in Germany who proves to have a special gift for making radios and machines work. When WWII begins, be is selected to go to a special school that raises boys to fight for Hitler's cause. The second main character is a blind girl name Marie-Laure. She is growing up in France during WWII. At first their stories seem to be completely seperate. However, as you continue to read you will marvel at how cleverly Doerr managed to weave their stories together.
All the Light We Cannot See takes place during WWII in France and Germany. One protagonist is a young, blind girl who travels with her father to a small village to stay with a relative after the German soldiers invade Paris. The father carries with him a precious stone which belongs to his employer, a museum. This stone is sought by a German officer, and he does all he can to find it. The other lead character is a young German orphan who lives with his sister in a small mining town in an orphanage. Through a series of events, it is discovered that he a talented mathematician who understands electronics, He is sent to a school to be trained as a soldier, but because of his gifts, he becomes a radioman. The insanity and horrors of war are visited upon all the characters in this book. It was a sad read but a good one.
About the Author
Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.