All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Anthony Doerr
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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.
Couldn't even get past the 3rd chapter
Great story, great narrator. A different feel and perspective for a world war 2 story.
I had to read this book for advanced English for my freshman summer reading. There was nothing advanced about it. Adults may be more interested in this book. I would not recommend it to kids or teens, not because of its difficulty, but because it is incredibly slow moving, boring, and there is too much unnecessary information. The fact that the climax (turning point) of the book occurs on page 475 (approximately) out of a 530 page book is asinine and idiotic. i had to force myself to read this book. do not recommend