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All The Light We Cannot See - By: Anthony Doerr

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction

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 12, 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 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-Laure’s converge.


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Wilma Gundy
Wilma Gundy
Oct 23, 2023

I am both pleased and apprehensive that All the Light We Cannot See is a four part series being shown on Netflix.


Pleased because it is one of the most memorable and best written book I’ve ever read. After reading it 2 or 3 time, I have never found a cliche in its 500 pages!


Apprehensive because it is not possible to convert a great book into a visual medium. I am pleased that a blind actress is playing Marie.


I urge you to read it before viewing.

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Wilma Gundy
Wilma Gundy
Nov 14, 2023
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I’m glad you liked it. I did not watch all of it at once and found it confusing at times. I thought the acting was excellen. They certainly made the point of the book clear.

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