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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 jewelIn a mining town in Germany Werner Pfennig an orphan grows up with his younger sister enchanted by Adult fictionThis book is getting a lot of well deserved attention for its uniue story and its beautiful writing It starts late in World War II as the Allies begin shelling the French city of Saint Malo to drive out the remaining Nazi troops Our two main characters are Marie Laure a blind French girl who fled here with her uncle from Paris and Werner a radio expert in the German army who is stuck in the city when the attack begins We jump back and forth in time and between the two characters’ perspectives to see how both young people were brought to this placeIf you like straight ahead linear plot driven war novels this is not the book for you It does have a central plot that brings the two characters together – a mystery about a possibly magic gem hunted by an evil terminally ill Nazi officer – but that is almost beside the point In fact it feels like something added after the fact as if an editor said “You know what you need is ” That plot and the way it resolves strongly echoes the mystery in the movie TitanicWhat kept me turning pages rather were the characters’ lives and the short well crafted scenes Doerr’s writing is elegant and evocative Reading it is like eating the best gelato – so decadent you are sure you’ll put on weight He treats Marie Laure and Werner with eual empathy and their interaction – when they finally meet – is not your stereotypical wartime love story It is much better much bittersweet and hauntingIt took me about fifty pages to really get into the book and figure out the structure but once I did I couldn’t stop

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All the Light We Cannot SeeA 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 anoth This is a great book Its very high ratings 43; half of the ratings are 5's renews my faith that GR ratings count for something With almost 50000 reviews on GR I don’t feel there is a lot for me to add but here’s a brief summary of the plot and I’ll give a few examples of the great literary writingIt’s just before the Nazi invasion and occupation of Paris A young blind girl relies on her father for everything and she is his world as well He spends all his time making her a wooden model of the city so she can get around alone with her white cane In neighboring Germany a young boy who lives with his sister in an orphanage starts fooling with crystal radios and becomes a crackerjack radio repairman enthralled by these voices coming over the air Her blindness and his fascination with these invisible waves give us a main theme of the book “How he wishes he had eyes to see the ultraviolet eyes to see the infrared eyes to see the radio waves crowding the darkening sky” “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever” And late in the novel her great uncle says to the blind girl “We’ll go to ParisI’ve never been You can show it to me”The chapters of the book jump around in time 1934 1944 1940 so we know on occasion for example how a soldier will die even before the main character meets him We have the brutal story of the boy’s education at a military school; the chaotic flight of the girl and her father from occupied Paris to distant relatives in St Malo in Brittany; the military escapades of the boy as he works with a German unit identifying and killing resistance radio operators; the imprisonment of the girl’s father; the search for a missing jewel because her father had been the locksmith at the natural history museum; the formation of a women’s resistance movement in St Malo; a budding one day romance between the French girl and the German boy Letters from his sister back in Germany become the boy’s conscience after he enters military service Some of the beautiful writing“leafless trees stand atop slag heaps like skeleton hands shoved up from the underworld”“Marie Laure looks up from her book and believes she can smell gasoline under the winds As if a great river of machinery is streaming slowly irrevocably toward her”“And yet everything radiates tension as if the city has been built upon the skin of a balloon and someone is inflating it toward the breaking point” “His voice is low and soft a piece of silk you might keep in a drawer and pull out only on rare occasions just to feel it between your fingers”Of the occupying German soldiers mostly boys “Claude understands that he ought to resent them but he admires their competence and manners the clean efficiency with which they move They always seem to be going somewhere and never doubt that it is the right place to be going Something his own country has lacked”Of a group of women visiting “They smell of stale bread of stuffy living rooms crammed with dark titanic Breton furnishings”“Behind her an over decorated flat reeks of dead apple blossoms confusion old age”A great book I wish I had read it years ago Photo of Paris sunset from nyhabitatcomblogPhoto of St Malo from europeupclosecom

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FREE READER ´ DOC All the Light We Cannot See Ï ANTHONY DOERR ë An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereFrom 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 An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereFrom 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 IIMarie Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where her All the Light We Cannot Seeby Anthony Doerr This book has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I've ever read It's brimming with rich details that fill all five senses simultaneously It's full of beautiful metaphors that paint gorgeous images I didn't want this book to end but I couldn't put it down In August 1944 the historic walled city of Saint Malo the brightest jewel of the Emerald Coast of Brittany France was almost destroyed by fireOf the 865 buildings within the walls only 182 remained standing and all were damaged to some degree Philip Beck Two Parallel StoriesThis book is really two parallel stories set during World War II about two children growing up in two different countries The poetic narration moves back and forth in both time and place between the two main characters Story 1 Nazi GermanyIn Nazi Germany a young orphan boy named Werner lives in a sparse children’s home with his young sister He is exceptionally bright and curious with a knack for fixing radios He fixes one old radio and becomes spellbound by a nightly science program broadcast from France His talents in math and science win him a coveted spot in a nightmarish Hitler Youth Academy This is his only chance of escape from a grim life working in the same deadly coal mines that killed his fatherStory 2 Paris FranceIn Paris France there is a shy freckled redhead named Marie Laure She is intuitive clever and sensitive She lives with her locksmith father who works at a museum When she goes blind from a degenerative disease at the age of six her father builds a detailed miniature model of their neighborhood so she can memorize every street building and corner by tracing the model with her nimble fingers When the Germans attack Paris she and her father must flee to the coastal town of Saint Malo to live with a great uncle who lives in a tall storied house next to a sea wallThis story is suspenseful but read it slowly so you can savor every word unhurried What does the title mean? The author explains in his own words The title is a reference first and foremost to all the light we literally cannot see that is the wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that are beyond the ability of human eyes to detect radio waves of course being the most relevant It’s also a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried within World War II — that stories of ordinary children for example are a kind of light we do not typically see Ultimately the title is intended as a suggestion that we spend too much time focused on only a small slice of the spectrum of possibility Anthony Doerr A damaged World War II bunker turret in Saint Malouote from page 509 “A foot of steel looks as if it has been transformed into warm butter and gouged by the fingers of a child” Photos of Saint Malo with uotes from the first few pages of this book uote from Page 3 At dusk they pour from the sky They blow across the ramparts turn cartwheels over rooftops flutter into the ravines between houses Entire streets swirl with them flashing white against the cobbles Urgent message to the inhabitants of this town they say Depart immediately to open country The tide climbs The moon hangs small and yellow and gibbous On the rooftops of beachfront hotels to the east and in the gardens behind them a half dozen American artillery units drop incendiary rounds into the mouths of mortarsuote from Page 11 Saint Malo Water surrounds the city on four sides Its link to the rest of France is tenuous a causeway a bridge a spit of sand We are Malouins first say the people of Saint Malo Bretons next French if there’s anything left over In stormy light its granite glows blue At the highest tides the sea creeps into basements at the very center of town At the lowest tides the barnacled ribs of a thousand shipwrecks stick out above the sea For three thousand years this little promontory has known sieges But never like thisuote from Page 5 The GirlIn a corner of the city inside a tall narrow house at Number 4 rue Vauborel on the sixth and highest floor a sightless sixteen year old named Marie Laure LeBlanc kneels over a low table covered entirely with a model The model is a miniature of the city she kneels withinand contains scale replicas of the hundreds of houses and shops and hotels within its walls There’s the cathedral with its perforated spire and the bulky old Château de Saint Malo and row after row of sea side mansions studded with chimneys A slender wooden jetty arcs out from a beach called the Plage du Môle; a delicate reticulated atrium vaults over the seafood market; minute benches the smallest no larger than apple seeds dot the tiny public suaresMarie Laure runs her fingertips along the centimeter wide para pet crowning the ramparts drawing an uneven star shape around the entire model She finds the opening atop the walls where four ceremonial cannons point to sea“Now it seems there are only shadows and silence Silence is the fruit of the occupation; it hangs in branches seeps from guttersSo many windows are dark It’s as if the city has become a library of books in an unknown language the houses great shelves of illegible volumes the lamps all extinguished” All The Light We cannot See