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All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel | Anthony Doerr
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious 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 with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. 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, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
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Yesmynameistable

“I have saved her only to see her die” pg442

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Yesmynameistable

“”Careful,” he says, and passes it to her. She dips in two fingers, digs up a wet, soft, slippery thing. Then he does the same. That first peach slithers down his throat like rapture. A sunrise in his mouth. They eat. They drink the syrup. They run their fingers around the inside of the can.” Pg471

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thewallflower0707

I finished this and in the end, it all fell a bit bland for me. Reading this you‘d barely notice there was an actual war going on, and the two main characters and their stories hardly overlapped and it all came to a somewhat disappointing and rushed ending.

The Nightingale also received a lot of praise and has a similar premise, so maybe I‘ll like that more.
#review #read

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Madison91
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book, and I‘ll take 100% of the blame for the so-so review because I think I‘m not fancy artsy enough for this type 😂 it is actually a really amazing book. It just didn‘t live up to the hype for me! I also would not have chosen it if not for the buzz around it. So it could just be that

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Anna.VanTrapp
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Some parts of this book were captivating other parts confused me as to what was happening. I Almost wanted to bail but was compelled to keep going. I really enjoy world war II stories and I‘m glad I know how it ended. Now that I‘m done with it, I‘m actually missing it, and other books don‘t seem nearly as interesting compared to it.

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thewallflower0707
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I read the first 250 pages from the tagged book, a book that had been on my TBR for two (?) years. I‘m really enjoying it so far 💫.

#AlltheLightwecannotsee #cover #cat

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SenatorMothma
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This short little #bookstack for #30junebooks is a stack of random, unsolicited book gifts from friends 😆 I tried to read Wizard's First Rule but just couldn't get in to it. Altered Carbon is definitely in the queue, and I'm not sure about All the Light we Cannot See... I've heard good things though!

@howjessreads

sudi I loved All The Light We Cannot See, it was one of my favorites last year. Hope you like it 💛 1w
Nute The writing in All The Light We Cannot See is some of the most beautiful writing that I have ever read. 1w
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Altered Carbon is absolutely fantastic if you‘re down with violent hard-boiled sci-fi! 1w
SenatorMothma @TobeyTheScavengerMonk yes it sounds up my alley for sure! @nute and @sudi thank you for the encouragement! 1w
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KristenDuck Loved this one. 1w
Tattooedteacher This was a good read. 1w
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Lizzybennetgirl
Bailedbailed

I was so close to the end when I decided to stop reading 😔 But I felt like the book was never going to end. Doerr is an incredibly poetic and metaphorical author, and while I thought the book was beautiful, I found myself craving a faster and more concise storyline (hence the fast paced thriller I picked up). Great characters, beautiful imagery, just be sure you‘re ready to muddle through some lengthy prose.

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Yesmynameistable

“Bastian steps foreword. His face flares scarlet in the cold. “Give him another.” Again Frederick sloshes it onto the ice at his feet. He says in a small voice. “He is already finished, sir.” The upperclassmen hands over a third pail. “Throw it,” commands Bastian. The night steams, the stars burn, the prisoner sways, the boys watch, the commandant tilts his head. Frederick pours the water onto the ground. “I will not.”” Pg229

Lizzybennetgirl Hands down my favorite moment of the book 👏👏👏 2w
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Yesmynameistable

“Trapped in their roles” pg 229

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SLSbooks
Pickpick

I think I was impatient to find out what happened, so I skipped over some of the more eloquent writing and descriptions. This probably means the story was compelling but didn‘t move at pace needed to keep me reading every word?

Lizzybennetgirl I had the same dilemma! When I finally got to the moment where the two stories converged I didn‘t feel invested anymore. I loved the characters but I felt like the poetic style of the story became excessive after a while. 2w
SLSbooks Glad to hear I wasn‘t the only one to feel this Pulitzer Prize winner wasn‘t quite the right fit. The ending was a bit lackluster as well I‘m afraid..... 2w
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“What I want to write about today is the sea... It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel”- Werner Pfennig

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😭I feel like this quote perfectly represents the central dilemma of the novel: why keep beautiful things if they will only be destroyed by things beyond your control? Why dream up a beautiful life when reality is starkly different and difficult? Hopefully Doerr will provide some hope-filled answers as the novel goes on.

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megnews
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Next up in #audio for my #morningcommute.

GypsyKat Loved this one! 4w
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Lizzybennetgirl
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French resistance at it‘s finest 😂😂😂 I love when a book makes me laugh unexpectedly. #funny

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rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 1mo
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Butterflyamore
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This stacks represents most of my favorite books throughout life. If you haven‘t check out my latest BookTube video yet, it‘s all about these amazing books! Make sure you tune in and let me know what your favorites have been throughout life, too! https://youtu.be/dDb0eGSZ6Ic

#bookloveralways #booktube #childhoodfavorites #booktalk #bookstack

Freespirit Two books I love also in the wonderful pile! The Art of Racing and All the Light....brilliant books😍 1mo
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Lizzybennetgirl
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“It is splendid to drowse on the davenport, to be warm and fed, to feel the sentences hoist her up and carry her somewhere else.” All of the characters in this book are so beautiful...

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Lizzybennetgirl
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A find from my #beachbookhaul today! Looking forward to this read (and some sun and sweet tea) 😎☀️

RaimeyGallant Reading this now! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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EmilieGR
Panpan

Saccharine, Boring, and self important

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Set in WWII France and Germany, revealed through twined narratives, this beautiful book concerns itself with the internal lives of a sightless French girl and a gifted German boy moving toward inevitable meeting on the Brittany coast. As Marie-Laure and Werner navigate a broken, brutal world, big themes and intricate detail merge in prose that is at once sweeping and tightly composed, words that linger in memory long after the last page turns.

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Neesay

Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.

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Vreyes
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Some books I picked up at the thrift store book sale

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Shay_1113
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Great book, great writing, amazing story, terribly sad ending. If you like historical fiction give this a try!

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Princess-Kingofkings
Pickpick

The story was good, the characters believable... The suspense was intense but the wrap up at the end was slow. Overall I would recommend but be prepared.

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CMB
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“Don‘t you want to be alive before you die?”
—Madame Manec
WWII French Resistance

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Princess-Kingofkings
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A nice breeze made for cold fingers this morning but should reduce the drying time for my clothes.

Crazeedi I love the smell of line dried clothes! Especially my sheets!!❤ 2mo
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ElectricKatyLand
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World War II novel exploring what it means to resist, to sacrifice, and to be kind. I had a hard time at first with the Nazi protagonist, since I wasn‘t sure the world needed more sympathetic Nazi characters these days, but Werner as an orphan caught up in the Hitler Youth, and then used for his engineering talent, is compelling. MarieLaure, a blind French girl sent to St Malo for safety, is also beautifully written. Recommend.

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Blue stack for Autism Awareness Day!

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GypsyKat
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This was an absolute fantastic book, I hope that Netflix does it justice! 💙💙💙
https://bookstr.com/article/all-the-light-we-cannot-see-adaptation-coming-to-net...

Book_Gobbler Oh my! Still have a copy of this somewhere - must get on it and read it ASAP! 😬📚📖 3mo
sudi Yay! I loved this book. Can't wait for this one 😃🙌 3mo
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Branwen
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Today is a good day. A really good day! 🤗 I had to go to the main branch of my library this morning to apply for an internship in their local history collection this fall-AND I GOT IT! 😀👍 And then when I was leaving I stumbled upon a big sale they were having! 😍💕📚 I got all these gems for only $15! I am giddy with excitement, over the internship and the sale! #librarylove #librarybookhaul

DaveGreen7777 WOO-HOO! Congratulations on the internship! Well deserved, my friend! 😊🎉📚 3mo
whatshesreadingnow Congrats!!! 👏🏻🎉 3mo
Kaye Good job 👏🏽👍🏼 3mo
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kathedron Fantastic! 🎉 3mo
kspenmoll So happy for you!!!!🎉🎉 3mo
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DaveNeufeld
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I resisted the urge to buy something new at Indigo on Tuesday and picked something unread from my bookshelf instead. This one‘s been waiting for a couple years at least. Feel free to tell me how fabulous it is, I‘ve only heard it from everyone who has seen me reading it this week 🙄😂

Smrloomis 😂 It‘s good to get confirmation I guess 🤔 3mo
Soubhiville This has been on my TBR shelf for over a year. If you tell me it‘s fabulous when you finish I‘ll move it onto my May TBR stack 🤣📚. 3mo
DaveNeufeld @Soubhiville lol you got it 👍🏻 3mo
BookishTrish Someone bought this for me ages ago. Still #TBR 2mo
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BeeLane
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Still chugging through this guy. It‘s interesting enough. So far I don‘t like the alternate characters because I don‘t feel like he spends enough time on the German boy, Werner, and switches back to Marie-Laure very quickly. I‘m also not the biggest fan of the timeline? I don‘t know, it all seems very rushed for just the beginning? Maybe it‘ll get better 😬

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Soozee
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1. Tagged
2. Yes, and then I must lie in it! 😁
3. Around 10 C
4. I can‘t think of one - but OH likes banana sandwiches
5. 👋🏼
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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VictoriaB
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1. Among many others, but this is a top pick.
2. Nope. But other than that I‘m a neat freak. 🤷🏼‍♀️
3. 43F. And snowing. 😜
4. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
5. 👋🏻
#friyayintro
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Fridayfilms
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Beautifully crafted, though I‘m still unsure what I think about about the final chapters. I guess no ending could feel both genuine and satisfying with this sort of narrative, and maybe that‘s the difficulty the author faced as well. In any case, there‘s a lot to love about this book.

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Shay_1113
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I‘ve heard great things about this book! Can‘t wait to crack it open tonight!

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kspenmoll
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#LiteraryLuck #SpellMarchwithbooktitles
March=
Moonglow
All the Light We Cannot See
Rosalia‘s Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Calling me home
Hotel on Shadow Lake

Flowers given to me by husband as a surprise for a tough week. ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!! I‘m sorry you had a tough week 😥 Sweet hubby!! 3mo
Suet624 Oh...such a thoughtful husband you have. 3mo
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @suet. Thank you both! They are beautiful aren‘t they? Big surprise! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
vkois88 How sweet of him 💚💚💚 3mo
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Schmieds
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A different side of WWII than I have read before, which i really appreciated. The stories of Marie-Laure, a young French girl who is blind and Werner, a young German boy offer interesting insight. I enjoyed the entire read but i got sucked in about 2/3 in and did not want to put it down. The author jumps back and forth in time and between characters in a way I quite enjoyed, but i did find myself forgetting which point in time it was.

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#studentbuddyread #historical fiction #YAfiction
Collage of the books my student has chosen to buddy read with me during the last 3 school years. We just began All the Light We Cannot See this week. I had read Hesse‘s American Fire ( great non fiction) but wasn‘t even aware that she also wrote historical fiction. 📚❤️

Freespirit Year of Wonders and All the Light are fantastic📚❤️ 3mo
readinginthedark 🤔 What is The War Outside about? 3mo
kspenmoll @readinginthedark The War Outside takes place during WWII & is about two young teens, one with German background, the other Japanese.( they are citizens)Their families are sent to an interment camp in Crystal City,Texas. Against all social etc odds in the camp, the girls forge a secret relationship. There is intrigue & a well developed picture of life there as told thru the girls eyes. (edited) 3mo
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readinginthedark Fascinating! Although...were the intern camps actually mixed like that? 3mo
readinginthedark *internment 3mo
kspenmoll @readinginthedark This was the only family internment camp - both Japanese & German families were held there , but they were in geographically separated areas within the camp. The children were citizens, some parents were not. There was a secret government exchange program where families were sent back to Japan & Germany in exchange for Americans. 3mo
readinginthedark That's horrible! I can't believe I never heard about that. 😔 3mo
kspenmoll @readinginthedark If my student had not chosen the book for us to read, I would not have known either. ❤️ 3mo
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This is exciting! I'm always happier to see books turned into series instead of a 2 hour movie. That's the only way it should be 😊

Littlestbookshelf Yes! I agree. Much better as a series than a movie! I like it long and drawn out and given all the attention and detail it deserves! 3mo
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swishandflick
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Hmm, interesting. I enjoyed this book but have a hard time picturing it as a series. Thoughts?

Laura317 I‘m not sure a series could do it justice. 😬 3mo
britt_brooke Agree with you. 3mo
TheBookKeepers Hmm interesting 3mo
hjreviews I‘m interested to see how they break it up. However, there is no way it will have the same effect because we will just see Marie-Laure as being blind and not get the amazing perspective as being her that the book offers. 3mo
swishandflick @hjreviews YES! Exactly! 3mo
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kspenmoll
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#studentbuddyread #bookclub #historicalfiction #TBR
Starting this later this week. Right now my student is gathering historical background knowledge as well as looking into the origin of the two epigraphs. Excited to be teaching this way- discovering literature together. I am finally reading this book because she chose it. Another book from my TBR!❤️📚

Suet624 Such a good book!! 3mo
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Robinturn
Mehso-so

Beautiful and intricate - but very slow to me as well.