Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 544 pages
Audiobook Length: 16 hours and 2 minutes
First Published: 2014
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.
Quotes from All the Light We Cannot See
Don’t you want to be alive before you die?
Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.
But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?
What do we call visible light? We call it color. But the electromagnetic spectrum runs to zero in one direction and infinity in the other, so really, children, mathematically, all of light is invisible.
It’s embarrassingly plain how inadequate language is.
Book Trailer for All the Light We Cannot See
About Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr is an award-winning author. His works include short story collections (The Shell Collector and Memory Wall), a memoir (Four Season in Rome), and two novels. His novel All the Light We Cannot See was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015. Born in raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr currently lives in Boise, Idaho. Visit the author’s website →