All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a phenominal book! It’s a gripping 530 pages, and I didn’t want it to end. There are two ongoing stories in the book. Marie-Laure’s father works for the Museum of Natural History in Paris. When she is 6 she goes blind, and her father builds her a perfect miniature replica of their neighbourhood so she can learn to navigate her way around. When she is 12 the Nazis occupy Paris and she flees with her father to Saint-Malo along with what may or may not be museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. Meanwhile Werner, a young German orphan, becomes enthralled and obsessed with learning everything he can about radios. He is a self taught mister-fix-it who comes to the attention of Hitler’s regime and he is offered a place at a special academy for Hitler’s most up and coming youth. Werner eventually travels throughout the war putting his expertise to work, and he ends up in Saint-Malo where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Doeer has pulled off a masterpiece. The book is exceedingly well written, and well researched. There’s an unbelievable amount of info about radios, circuits, electronics etc., as well as the exhibits and treasures in the Natural History Museum in Paris. Never once did I find the story lag. In fact, I saved the last 20 pages or so because I didn’t want it to end. It’s definitely worth adding to your summer reading list. *****

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