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“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a beautifully crafted story of two individuals from different backgrounds whose lives are intertwined during World War II.

This masterfully written novel paints a vivid picture of what life was like in occupied France through the eyes of two young people and its lyrical prose will stay with you long after you finish reading.


The story follows two main characters: Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who lives with her father in occupied Paris, and Werner, an orphaned German boy who is a member of the Hitler Youth.

Their paths cross as Werner’s unit is sent to find a mysterious object hidden in the walls of Marie-Laure’s home. Despite their conflicting loyalties, the two form an unlikely bond as they navigate their way through the darkness of war.


The novel touches on a range of themes, from the power of empathy to the darkness of war. It explores the notion of fate, the power of memory, and the impact of chance on the lives of its characters. It also examines the morality of war and the power of love.


Doerr’s writing style is lyrical and his descriptions are filled with beautiful imagery. He moves seamlessly between multiple perspectives and times, painting a vivid portrait of the lives of his characters.


All the Light We Cannot See is a lyrical, heart-wrenching story of love and war. It is an unforgettable tale of two individuals from vastly different backgrounds and is a testament to the power of the human spirit. It is a must-read and will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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