Review of “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

Posted: December 11, 2014 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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Many books about the Nazi experience are set in concentration camps, and it takes a lot of mental fortitude to keep reading such accounts. This powerful, emotionally affecting and unforgettable story takes place in the Nazi period, but the focus is more on the impact of Nazism on non-Jews, and in particular, on the German children it was supposed to benefit. It is one of the best books I read all year.


Marie-Laure LeBlanc is the blind daughter of a widowed French locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Her story is told in alternate chapters with that of Werner Pfennig, an orphaned boy who has a knack for electronics from a coal mining town in Germany. Further, their stories alternate in time between 1934 and 1944.

Marie-Laure’s father adores her and promises he will never leave her, but he knows the war is coming and he can’t…

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