All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See book cover
Anthony Doerr
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Dec 8, 2023

Set during World War II, All the Light We Cannot See focuses on the lives of Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig. Marie-Laure is a young girl from France who becomes blind early in her childhood. Werner is a boy in Germany who, raising his little sister, finds interest in radios after an encounter with one early in life. When Marie and Werner become older teenagers, World War II is on the brink. Marie-Laure’s father leaves and leaves his daughter with her uncle, Etienne. Werner’s technological skills get him enrolled in a youth camp supporting Nazi beliefs. When the war settles, the lives of both become disheveled. 

This book has unique writing that truly interests the reader in the storytelling. Following two characters is a feature that is not always seen and suits the plot quite well. The descriptive writing coming from Doerr was initially not my favorite, but it has a charm of its own when looking at it from a closer perspective. The themes and symbols that appear in this book give the reader substances to think about, giving a high level of reading enjoyment and satisfaction. I give this book a rating of five marks from a maximum of five.

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