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All the Light We Cannot See mobi Ý Hardcover read ò [Ebook] ➦ All the Light We Cannot See ➥ Anthony Doerr – An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereFrom the highly acclaimed multiple award winning Anthony Doerr the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind FrFather works 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 jewelIn a mining town in Germany Werner Pfennig an orphan grows up with his younger sister enchanted by Adult fictionThis book is getting a lot of well deserved attention for its uniue story and its beautiful writing It starts late in World War II as the Allies begin shelling the French city of Saint Malo to drive out the remaining Nazi troops Our two main characters are Marie Laure a blind French girl who fled here with her uncle from Paris and Werner a radio expert in the German army who is stuck in the city when the attack begins We jump back and forth in time and between the two characters’ perspectives to see how both young people were brought to this placeIf you like straight ahead linear plot driven war novels this is not the book for you It does have a central plot that brings the two characters together – a mystery about a possibly magic gem hunted by an evil terminally ill Nazi officer – but that is almost beside the point In fact it feels like something added after the fact as if an editor said “You know what you need is ” That plot and the way it resolves strongly echoes the mystery in the movie TitanicWhat kept me turning pages rather were the characters’ lives and the short well crafted scenes Doerr’s writing is elegant and evocative Reading it is like eating the best gelato – so decadent you are sure you’ll put on weight He treats Marie Laure and Werner with eual empathy and their interaction – when they finally meet – is not your stereotypical wartime love story It is much better much bittersweet and hauntingIt took me about fifty pages to really get into the book and figure out the structure but once I did I couldn’t stop

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A crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie Laure and Werner Doerr illuminates the ways against all odds people try to be good to one anoth I'm sure this is going to mark me as a literary dud but for all the brilliant reviews of this book? I couldn't really get into itThe book revolves around Marie Laure a blind girl who lives with her father Her father is the locksmith at the Paris Museum of Natural History and Marie is raised wholly in the museum and at home Marie has a semi idyllic childhood until the Nazi's invade Paris and she and her father have to flee to another city where a reclusive uncle lives Unknown to Marie her father is smuggling the world's most priceless jewel out of the city on behalf of the museum Unfortunately for them a German soldier is hot on the trail of the jewel and will go to extreme lengths to find itWerner is a German orphan who teaches himself everything to do with radios; after repairing a senior ranking German officer's radio he is given entry into a youth academy that trains young soldiers for Hitler's Army He is then drafted to utilize his skills to find resistance armies who are using the radio but Werner is no soldier and soon realizes the cost of his talentI found the book somewhat plodding; like you were waiting for something important to happenand waiting and waiting and waiting Eventually Marie and Werner's stories collide but only briefly and completely unsatisfactorily I'm sure that's the point that life is hardly satisfactory but still Parts of the book were very interesting the last third probably kept my attention best This wasn't a book that you can't put down though; very little tension at least for me

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All the Light We Cannot SeeAn alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereFrom the highly acclaimed multiple award winning Anthony Doerr the stunningly beautiful 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 IIMarie Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where her Why write a review if I am such an atypical reader?I will keep this brief since I feel most readers will not react as I have but isn’t it important that all views are voiced?All readers must agree that the flipping back and forth between different time periods makes this book confusing I believe it must be said loudly and clearly that the current fascination with multiple threads and time shifts is only acceptable when they add something to the story when employment of such improves the story In this book they do not improve the story Perhaps jumping from one scene to another can increase suspense but must one also flip back and forth in time? In addition and books are made for audios and this is not helpful when you cannot flip back to see where you are Finally time switches unnecessarily lengthen the novelSecondly be aware when you choose this book that the book is not only about WW2 but also a diamond that some of the characters uite a few in fact believe has magical powers Those who possess the stone will not die but people around that person will come to misfortune This is all stated in one of the very first chapters; it is not a spoiler This aspect of the book turns the story into a mystery novel Where is the gem? Who has it? The result is that you have a heavy dose of fantasy woven into a book of historical fiction I have trouble with both fantasy and mystery novels Maybe you love them I would have preferred that the diamond was woven into the story as one of the objects stolen by the Nazis Let's look at how the book portrays WW2 It is set primarily in Brittany France and Germany and a little bit in Russia and Vienna Its primary focus is about what warfare does to people not the leaders but normal people I liked that you saw into the heads and felt the emotions of both Germans and French Some of the Germans are evil but you also come to understand how living in those times shaped you To stand up against the Nazi regime was almost impossible There are some who try These events are gripping You also get the feel of life in Brittany versus Paris They are not the same I enjoyed the feel of the air the wind in my face and the salty tang on my lips in St Malo I do wonder to what extent my appreciation of Brittany as a place is due to my own time there or the author's writing Am I remembering my own experiences or am I seeing it from the words of the author? I am unsure about thisIn any case I was very disturbed by the blend of fantasy with gripping WW2 events The events of WW2 are those portrayed in every book If you have read about WW2 in numerous other books of fiction or non fiction you will not get much new Rape by Russians felt like the author had to include this simply so it could be to be togged off his checklist I do think the book moves the reader on an emotional level You get terribly angry and shocked and this is achieved through the author's writing his excellent proseAnd this is what saves the book – its prose The descriptions of things and places the particular grip of a hand movement of a body and what characters say Very good writing Beautiful writing Sometimes you laugh sometimes you feel that wind on your skin or the touch of a shell against your fingertips or smile at the oh so recognizable words of a child Children often see far than adults but they also talk in a clear simple manner What they say is to the point could that diamond be thrown away? Of course not As remarked by one of the French children Who is going to chuck into the Seine a stone worth several Eiffel Towers? Even if the gem has dangerous powers People love reading about kids and one of them here is blind Who wouldn't be moved by suchThe narration by Zach Appelman didn't add much but neither did it terribly detract from the story I appreciated how he read some lines with a beat a rhythm which matched the cadence of the author's words Pauses were well placed French pronunciation was lacking Oh my once I got going I told you what I felt I believe this book will be popular and many will like it but it was just OK for me