Book Reviews

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It seems a fitting time to recommend this book, as Netflix just recently turned it into a limited series. All The Light We Cannot See is truly a beautifully written piece of historical fiction. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of two intriguing characters: Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French girl who is hiding one of the most valuable jewels in the world, and Werner Pfennig, a young German soldier and an orphan who doesn’t support the German cause but must continue his work in order to reunite with his family. As the city they both happen to be in is shut down in the war’s final sieges, their stories become intertwined by a radio transmission. 

Opening Line: “At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses.”

Favorite Line: “All your life you wait, and then it finally comes, and are you ready?”

Why I Like It: Both Marie-Laure’s and Werner’s chapters were written in such unique ways that you can really understand their perspectives and the differences in how they experience the world.

Read If You Like: WWII, National Treasure, a cool show to watch on Netflix.

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