Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Available now: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

****4/5 stars-loved it

The lives of a young German soldier and a blind French girl intersect in this brilliant WWII novel.

Recommended readers:

  • If you read for language, imagery, and storytelling,
  • and if you enjoy powerful war fiction that transcends the genre, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall


This novel, ten years in the making, is a lot to take in, and at first I was a bit put off by the somewhat distracting structure of short 2 and 3 page chapters per character.   It’s a novel that draws you in slowly, weaving the reader together with the threads of the story:  Werner, an orphan prodigy pulled into the Hitler youth; Marie-Laure, a young blind girl fleeing Paris with her father and a priceless jewel; the German officer who seeks to find it. All the Light We Cannot See is full of science and history, the presence of both beauty and moral uncertainty, and most of all, a powerful command of language and imagery.

Available on Amazon now:  All the Light We Cannot See

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