All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr (Author)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful 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 in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr's "stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. 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

Price: $18.00  $16.56
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Published Date: April 04, 2017
Pages: 544
Dimensions: 5.2 X 1.3 X 7.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781501173219

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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.

Reviews

"A tender exploration of this world's paradoxes; the beauty of the laws of nature and the terrible ends to which war subverts them; the frailty and the resilience of the human heart; the immutability of a moment and the healing power of time. The language is as expertly crafted as the master locksmith's models in the story, and the settings as intricately evoked. A compelling and uplifting novel."--M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans
Hauntingly beautiful. --Janet Maslin "The New York Times ""
Anthony Doerr again takes language beyond mortal limits. --Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair ""
Stupendous A beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel. --David Laskin "The Seattle Times ""
Gorgeous moves with the pace of a thriller Doerr imagines the unseen grace, the unseen light that, occasionally, surprisingly, breaks to the surface even in the worst of times. --Dan Cryer "San Francisco Chronicle ""
Perfectly captured Doerr writes sentences that are clear-eyed, taut, sweetly lyrical. --Josh Cook "Minneapolis Star Tribune ""
A beautiful, expansive tale Ambitious and majestic. --Steph Cha "Los Angeles Times ""
Doerr is an exquisite stylist; his talents are on full display. --Alan Cheuse "NPR ""
"Hauntingly beautiful."--Janet Maslin "The New York Times "
"History intertwines with irresistible fiction--secret radio broadcasts, a cursed diamond, a soldier's deepest doubts--into a richly compelling, bittersweet package."--Mary Pols "People (3 1/2 stars) "
"Anthony Doerr again takes language beyond mortal limits."--Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair "
"Enthrallingly told, beautifully written...Every piece of back story reveals information that charges the emerging narrative with significance, until at last the puzzle-box of the plot slides open to reveal the treasure hidden inside."--Amanda Vaill "Washington Post "
"Stupendous...A beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel."--David Laskin "The Seattle Times "
"Dazzling...Startlingly fresh."--John Freeman "The Boston Globe "
"Gorgeous... moves with the pace of a thriller... Doerr imagines the unseen grace, the unseen light that, occasionally, surprisingly, breaks to the surface even in the worst of times."--Dan Cryer "San Francisco Chronicle "
"Perfectly captured...Doerr writes sentences that are clear-eyed, taut, sweetly lyrical."--Josh Cook "Minneapolis Star Tribune "
"A beautiful, expansive tale...Ambitious and majestic."--Steph Cha "Los Angeles Times "
"This tough-to-put-down book proves its worth page after lyrical page...Each and every person in this finely spun assemblage is distinct and true."--Sharon Peters "USA Today "
"Doerr is an exquisite stylist; his talents are on full display."--Alan Cheuse "NPR "
"Doerr deftly guides "All the Light We Cannot See" toward the day Werner's and Marie-Laure lives intersect during the bombing of Saint-Malo in what may be his best work to date."--Yvonne Zipp "Christian Science Monitor "
"Vivid...["All the Light We Cannot See"] brims with scrupulous reverence for all forms of life. The invisible light of the title shines long after the last page."--Tricia Springstubb "Cleveland Plain Dealer "
"Magnificent."--Carmen Callil "The Guardian (UK) "
"A revelation."--Michael Magras "BookReporter.com "
"This novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece...[All the Light We Cannot See] presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending...Highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient."--Evelyn Beck "Library Journal (starred review) "
"This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece, its many threads coming together so perfectly. Doerr's writing and imagery are stunning. It's been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion. The story still lives on in my head."--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
""All the Light We Cannot See" is a dazzling, epic work of fiction. Anthony Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about snails on beaches and armies on the move, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing together."--Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
"Exquisite...Mesmerizing...Nothing short of brilliant."--Alice Evans "Portland Oregonian "
"Incandescent...Mellifluous and unhurried...Characters as noble as they are enthralling. Doerr looms myriad strains into a luminous work of strife and transcendence."--Hamilton Cain "O, the Oprah magazine "
"To open a book by Anthony Doerr is to open a door on humanity...His sentences shimmer...His paragraphs are luminous with bright, sparkling beauty.--Martha Anne Toll "Washington Independent Review of Books "
"The craftsmanship of Doerr's book is rooted in his ability to inhabit the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner...[A] fine novel."--Steve Novak "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "
"Intricately structured..."All the Light We Cannot See" is a work of art and of preservation."--Jane Ciabattari "BBC "
"Doerr conjures up a vibrating, crackling world...Intricately, beautifully crafted."--Rebecca Kelley "Bustle.com "
"What a delight! This novel has exquisite writing and a wonderfully suspenseful story. A book you'll tell your friends about..."--Frances Itani, author of Deafening
"Doerr sees the world as a scientist, but feels it as a poet. He knows about everything"--radios, diamonds, mollusks, birds, flowers, locks, guns--but he also writes a line so beautiful, creates an image or scene so haunting, it makes you think forever differently about the big things--love, fear, cruelty, kindness, the countless facets of the human heart. Wildly suspenseful, structurally daring, rich in detail and soul, Doerr's new novel is that" novel, the one you savor, and ponder, and happily lose sleep over, then go around urging all your friends to read--now."--J.R. Moehringer, author of Sutton and The Tender Bar
Exquisite Mesmerizing Nothing short of brilliant. --Alice Evans "Portland Oregonian ""
History intertwines with irresistible fiction secret radio broadcasts, a cursed diamond, a soldier s deepest doubts into a richly compelling, bittersweet package. --Mary Pols "People (3 1/2 stars) ""
Enthrallingly told, beautifully written Every piece of back story reveals information that charges the emerging narrative with significance, until at last the puzzle-box of the plot slides open to reveal the treasure hidden inside. --Amanda Vaill "Washington Post ""
Dazzling Startlingly fresh. --John Freeman "The Boston Globe ""
Incandescent Mellifluous and unhurried Characters as noble as they are enthralling. Doerr looms myriad strains into a luminous work of strife and transcendence. --Hamilton Cain "O, the Oprah magazine ""
This tough-to-put-down book proves its worth page after lyrical page Each and every person in this finely spun assemblage is distinct and true. --Sharon Peters "USA Today ""
To open a book by Anthony Doerr is to open a door on humanity His sentences shimmer His paragraphs are luminous with bright, sparkling beauty.--Martha Anne Toll "Washington Independent Review of Books ""
Doerr deftly guides "All the Light We Cannot See" toward the day Werner s and Marie-Laure lives intersect during the bombing of Saint-Malo in what may be his best work to date. --Yvonne Zipp "Christian Science Monitor ""
The craftsmanship of Doerr s book is rooted in his ability to inhabit the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner [A] fine novel. --Steve Novak "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ""
Vivid ["All the Light We Cannot See"] brims with scrupulous reverence for all forms of life. The invisible light of the title shines long after the last page. --Tricia Springstubb "Cleveland Plain Dealer ""
Magnificent. --Carmen Callil "The Guardian (UK) ""
Intricately structured "All the Light We Cannot See" is a work of art and of preservation. --Jane Ciabattari "BBC ""
A revelation. --Michael Magras "BookReporter.com ""
Doerr conjures up a vibrating, crackling world Intricately, beautifully crafted. --Rebecca Kelley "Bustle.com ""
This novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece [All the Light We Cannot See] presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending Highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje s The English Patient. --Evelyn Beck "Library Journal (starred review) ""
This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece, its many threads coming together so perfectly. Doerr s writing and imagery are stunning. It s been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion. The story still lives on in my head. --Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone"
"All the Light We Cannot See" is a dazzling, epic work of fiction. Anthony Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about snails on beaches and armies on the move, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing together. --Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins"
Doerr sees the world as a scientist, but feels it as a poet. He knows about everything" radios, diamonds, mollusks, birds, flowers, locks, guns but he also writes a line so beautiful, creates an image or scene so haunting, it makes you think forever differently about the big things love, fear, cruelty, kindness, the countless facets of the human heart. Wildly suspenseful, structurally daring, rich in detail and soul, Doerr s new novel is that" novel, the one you savor, and ponder, and happily lose sleep over, then go around urging all your friends to read now. --J.R. Moehringer, author of Sutton and The Tender Bar"
A tender exploration of this world's paradoxes; the beauty of the laws of nature and the terrible ends to which war subverts them; the frailty and the resilience of the human heart; the immutability of a moment and the healing power of time. The language is as expertly crafted as the master locksmith's models in the story, and the settings as intricately evoked. A compelling and uplifting novel. --M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans"