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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-Laures reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museums 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-Laures converge. Doerrs 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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KateNYC
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Beautiful. Immerse yourself in it.

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melissajayne
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1) I haven‘t, sadly
2) Yes; I have bought a number of books that I had already read, at least four that I have read recently I have purchased: the tagged book, Longbourne by Jo Baker, The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow and The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsen
3) A bit of all three, but mostly the synopsis

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Eggs Thanks for joining in 😊 3w
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Allylu
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What a terribly beautiful book. It deserved the Pulitzer. I listened on audio and the notes of Claire de Lune are haunting. I have always loved it. I walked down the aisle to it at our wedding. I also love puzzles and my father did, too. The whole book was a puzzle. Fantastic! Just feel so bad for them all! #60 #BookSpin #DS20 #AlmostAChunker #BFC22 #ReadMyRoom #BOOKED2022 #Buzzwordathon #20in4 #TidyBookshelfDiverseReading #Pantone

melissajayne One of my favourite books 4w
Cinfhen Agreed, such a beautiful book❣️Great review 💖 4w
Andrew65 A brilliant book, well done 👏👏👏 4w
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4thhouseontheleft Great review! It's been a few years since I read it, but it is a powerful and hauntingly beautiful book. 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
Clwojick This one had been on my list for ages! I‘ll have to get to it soon. Great review. 4w
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Coleen
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The thing I love about WWII novels is that they are all different — they all tell their stories from a different perspective. This was no exception. I‘m anxious to see the upcoming Netflix adaptation.

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EdieAyala

This is a beautiful story told through multiple narratives. I read it several years ago and it still haunts me. One of my very favourites.

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mackelie

“The brain is locked in total darkness of course, children, says the voice. It floats in a clear liquid inside the skull, never in the light. And yet the world it constructs in the mind is full of light. It brims with color and movement. So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?”

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mackelie
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What a masterpiece! I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I wasn‘t sure it would be for me but then Marie-Laure and Werner have stolen my heart.

Set during WW2, we follow two story lines: Marie-Laure, a French blind girl, and Werner, an orphan who joins the German army. It seems that these character should be at odds but you can feel this invisible connection.

Brilliant writing, captivating read. I don‘t think reading it once is sufficient!

BookwormM Loved this 2mo
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mackelie

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

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angela_fi13
La luz que no puedes ver | Anthony Doerr
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EadieB
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView Thanks for the tag!

1. Magnolia - beautiful tree and my granddaughter‘s name.

2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Can you play?

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 3mo
EadieB You‘re welcome! 3mo
LKK526 @EadieB daffodils and gerbera daisys (edited) 3mo
EadieB @LKK526 Thanks for playing! I like those flowers too! 3mo
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HaleyG14
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I enjoyed this book about two separate children and their paths during the Holocaust. It‘s a long book but the way the story is laid out by jumping back and forth from characters made it feel like a quick read.

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Bethanyroe
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I really loved his writing style and the way he wove such detailed and seemingly separate stories together. I love the multi-faceted and complex look of WWII and the different people who were pulled in and affected in such varied ways.

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Kleblanc
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Made fish chowder this weekend 😍

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lanecannon
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This was such a compelling story! It did take me a little bit to get into it, and the timeline jumps threw me every once and awhile. Overall, though, it's definitely a good read.

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JoJo13
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Ingenious.

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Teresereading
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1. All the Light We Cannot See 531 pages
2. Tend to avoid them
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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📚 5mo
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JillsBookshelf
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My five star reads of 2021! 9 new favorite books!

My highlights of 2021 are:
Heartless by: Marissa Meyer
The House in the Cerulean Sea by: TJ Klune
The Anthropocene Reviewed by: John Green
Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor

#fivestars #favoritebooks #ya #2021 #newyear #2022

Kenyazero A great New favorites selection! 5mo
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mamareading
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Look, I know this book is popular, but is it just the most boring book ever? I have tried reading it in book format and I‘m 35% into the audiobook and I really just don‘t care what happens. I don‘t know if part of is that I have two blind sons and so that part is just lost on me or if I need to give it more time… It‘s been years since it came out, everyone has read it and I can‘t do it!

kspenmoll I bailed on it! Just did not grab me. 6mo
mamareading I‘m relieved to hear that @kspenmoll ! 6mo
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kplovesbooks
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Book 1 of 2022
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This came SO close to being a rare 5 stars from me!! The first 90% of the book is beautiful! Spectacularly written. However. The ending. What happened there? I wasn't clear on why some of the scenes existed at all, and the rest felt flat and lacking the emotion the majority of the book had. Any thoughts? I feel like I must have missed something. 🤔

LitStephanie It is a five star in my book. 😁 For me, I think the reason the end feels a little off is that I wanted Marie-Laure to have an amazing life, and she just has an OK one. And it seems such a waste that Werner dies. But on reflection, I realize the real issue is that the book left me aching, so I wanted the relief of a super happy ending. If the ending had been happier, I would have criticized it for being unrealistic, LOL. 6mo
kplovesbooks @LitStephanie 😂😂 I see what you mean. And it did seem a waste that Werner died. They both deserved some happiness after all they'd been through, but I agree it would have been unrealistic. but I just felt like the book should have ended there. Not jump to 1974 and 2014. And STILL be talking about the stone like it was the blasted One Ring or something, waiting for someone to find it! 🤷 And the Fredrick scene...? Why?? That confused me. 6mo
LitStephanie @kplovesbooks haha the stone is kind of described like the One Ring! I agree it could have ended at the end of the war. Maybe the author wanted to show that people who survive wars don't just ride off into the sunset and have perfect lives? That is just me guessing, though. The author must have had a reason. 6mo
kplovesbooks @LitStephanie That probably was his reasoning, and I do agree that's not realistic at all. (I liked the book Tattooist Of Auschwitz, but really that ending was fluff and NOT real life. 🤷) Anyway, I LOVED the rest of the book so I'm just going to try to forget that last bit. 😂 6mo
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MinnieTimperley
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Gripping and heartbreaking. About the good in people and the light that can be found in times of darkness.

BayouGirl85 This read has forever stayed with my in the years since I have read it. It‘s a pick for my 2022 Great ReRead challenge. 6mo
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BethHagey
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****

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kplovesbooks
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11:41pm on New Year's Eve...and we're in full party mode. 😂😂

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MinnieTimperley
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Well this has been on my TBR pile for far too long.

BookwormM Great book 6mo
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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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Thank you so much @Beatlefan129 ! Between myself, my husband, and my neighbor, the chocolate is already gone. She and I have shared books and had great discussions about them. I think this book will be the next one we read together and discuss. Merry Christmas Eve to all of you 🥰

Beatlefan129 Merry Christmas to you, I hope you enjoy it🎄📚❤️ 6mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @Beatlefan129 this will actually be my second time reading it. I feel like I didn‘t fully appreciate the beauty of the story the first time around so I‘m really looking forward to it. 6mo
RenePenn Loved this one! 6mo
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amback

This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. It hooked me and dragged me in and kept me coming right back. Amazing and definitely worth the read!

kplovesbooks I just started this one a couple days ago. I'm enjoying it so far! 6mo
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@ksmith

So so touching and heart breaking. A lot of the time I really wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to smile or if I was going to cry. Loved every second of it. 10/10

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Beautiful, heartbreaking, lovely, and thought provoking. I wasn‘t looking to read this book; instead, it found me and insisted on being my next read. I‘m grateful for books like this one. ❤️

kplovesbooks I have heard NOTHING but good on this book!!! Planning to make it one of my first reads next year (the rest of this year is already taken!). 7mo
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Bookish_AF
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Looks like I‘ve got an emotional day planned as I will be reading this and endlessly streaming Red (Taylor‘s Version). Perfect for a rainy and quintessentially fall day in upstate NY. 🍁🧣 Send help!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Maybe I found this copy for $.49 at a thrift store. And maybe I was only 97% sure it was already on my shelves at home, but at that price, you buy it anyway because it‘s in pristine shape and feels so good in your hands and you‘re in between books and feel untethered. Then you start reading it and you know it‘s going to break your heart but you keep reading anyway. This book feels like an old friend and a new favorite read all in one. ❤️

staci.reads It's such a beautifully written book ❤ Enjoy! 8mo
kplovesbooks I need to read this soon! It's been sitting on my Kindle for months and I keep getting distracted by other books! 🤦 8mo
Allyneedsbooks One of my all time favs 💕 8mo
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pitou215
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I was so into this book but it felt so forced! I'm so disappointed. Anyone else read it?

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Smlambert725

“So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?”
#October2021

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Rachel.Rencher
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Happy Saturday. 🤗

TheSpineView Well written but so sad. Hope you enjoy 8mo
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Cathyloves2read
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What a beautiful, wonderful novel! It contained deep, unforgettable characters! I didn‘t want the story to end. This author has a way with words that made me feel like I was visiting the places he described. It depicted the war from both Germany and France‘s perspective. There was a main character from both sides, who I loved equally. I will definitely be reading other books by Anthony Doerr!

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mamareading
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Finally going to read this one!!

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/a37752588/all-the-light-we-cannot-... I guess it‘s time for that reread I‘ve been meaning to do! 🤯

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I wanted to read this before Cloud Cuckoo Land was released. I love historical fiction & this was no exception. The book was beautifully written with lyrical prose. The characters were well-developed & it was hopeful & heartbreaking. An excellent novel that managed to include the War without monopolizing the story with it. I definitely recommend this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trashcanman ❤️‍🩹 9mo
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Carlie_jc
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I loved this book! It was interesting from start to finish which made it very easy to get through. I‘ve never read a book with a blind main character before 💛

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Ellen_C
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Riveting story of two teenagers on opposite sides of WWII and the unusual connection between them. I couldn‘t put it down. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/all-the-light-we-cannot-see-elcicco/

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kellyannprz
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Got these three at a thrift store today✨ And the funny thing is that they all have to do, on way or another, with Paris as a setting… IT WASN‘T ON PURPOSE😹

BookDadGirlDad I read All The Light We Cannot See. I can see (see what I did there? 😁) why critics loved it and why it received the awards it did, BUT it was just meh for me. 10mo
kellyannprz @BookDadGirlDad (Obviously, punny😹) Can‘t wait to read it to SEE where I stand with it! 10mo
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BookwormM
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Still loving audio books another great narrator for this one.

This is a beautiful story of WWII told through the eyes of 2 children whose lives are forever changed by it.

Marie-Laure is a recently blind young girl and I loved watching as she overcame her disability and stood for what was right.

The young narrators lead me into a false sense of security that everything would be ok but this is war and that changes everything.

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andrew61
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I've had this unread on a shelf for a long time and found it a v readable story which alternates accounts of Marie and werner as ww2 envelops them. M blind teenage dtr of a museum worker who escapes to St malo as the Germans occupy, and W a gentle orphan whose radio talent draws him into the army.
The stories collide eventually which makes for an enjoyably tense read although w/o the depth of other stories abt the conflicts impact on individuals

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Iszy
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This book is so beautifully written and I love the fact it has 2 Parallel stories.

The idiosyncrasies of each individual character are so well defined and expressed in such ways that come across the page almost lyrically.

BookwormM I am listening to this on audio at the moment 11mo
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Teresereading
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1. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2.👍🏻
3. Hard to choose, but historical fiction is a long time fave
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@Eggs @MrsMalaprop @ThatBookishGal

Eggs #1- one of my all time favorites 🙌🏻. Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚👍🏼 12mo
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Carolhreads
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Just so good !!! Beautifully written with such a smooth flow I don‘t think I‘ve ever described a book at graceful but this one really is

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Successfully finished #June with 10 books from #bookspinbingo board ( of course without a bingo 😛) I specially loved all the three 5🌟 rating books. Great month for my fitness goals as well. But I have not met my writing goals. July I am focusing on some productive work as well 😁☺️

Thanks to both the host of #bookspin #BFC21

wanderinglynn Great month! 🙌🏻 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 12mo
kspenmoll Congrats!!🎉🎈 12mo
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Gissy It was great! Now you can buy 10 more books! 📚📚📚📚📚😜👏👏👏👏👏 12mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @wanderinglynn yes it is 😊💐! Thank u 12mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @Gissy yeaaah😅😁😛 12mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Poignant writing and a beautiful story. A must read for historical fiction fans. This will be included in my top ten most loved book list.

Thank you for this beautiful book @Professional_Book_Dragon

My #bookspin for June . #bookspinbingo #wrapup

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
Professional_Book_Dragon Yay! I‘m so glad you loved it! It‘s one of my favorites! 12mo
DivineDiana It is on my top 10 as well! 📚 11mo
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Ahw06
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Reading with my favorite reading buddy 🐈‍⬛

Decided to work on finishing this book. I started reading it years ago but stopped about halfway through. It‘s a very interesting storyline and subject for me, I just wasn‘t reading much then. #catsoflitsy