All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

13 Apr

all the light we cannot see

Format: Audiobook, 17 hours, narrated by Julie Teal

Publisher: Fourth Estate

Published: May 8, 2014

ISBN: 9780007559107

Genre: Literary fiction

Back cover blurb: The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize-winner Anthony Doerr.

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.

Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.

At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.

Doerr’s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.

My review: Beautiful writing, which reminded me a lot at the start of The Book Thief. The more I think about it, the more I like the clever nuances of the plot, although at times it was a bit confusing, especially listening to the audiobook. I loved the old ladies in charge of the resistance, and felt truly worried for Marie-Laure and Werner as the war progressed. A worthy winner of all its awards.

My rating: 4.5/5

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