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All the Light We Cannot See: a Novel



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Author
Doerr, Anthony
Descriptors
Blindness
Fathers and Daughters
Historical Fiction
Orphans
Society in Transition
World War II
Location/Setting:
France
Germany
Time Period:
1930s
1940s
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Summary
Marie-Laure is a blind girl whose father is a locksmith for the Museum of Natural History. When the Nazis occupy Paris, they escape to a coastal town to live out the war, but Marie-Laure's father has a secret - he's possibly in possession of an extremely valuable stone from the museum that was given to him for safekeeping. Meanwhile, Werner and his sister grow up as orphans in a coal town in Germany. Excelling at technical subjects, he is chosen to go to an elite Nazi school where he is quickly educated in Nazi morality. Sent into the field to intercept radio transmissions, he ends up in the same town as Marie-Laure.
Critique
Brief chapters told in alternating voices that keep the story moving swiftly, expressive and beautiful prose and an exploration into moral dilemmas make this a magnificent, not to be missed novel.
ISBN
9781476746586
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# of Pages
530
Published
2014
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Reviewer's Initials: DO DZ ED SH BRM CO LRR


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