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All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr, Anthony - Finished Dec 21, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

Masterfully written story of a blind French girl and German orphan boy swept up in the currents of the second world war.


I resisted picking All the Light We Cannot See for a long time, weary of yet another devastating and emotionally exhausting holocaust book. Finally, its glowing reviews and Pulitzer enticed me.

The story centers around themes of helplessness and the courage needed to live for yourself. When the tangled paths of the two leads cross, the result is heartbreaking and beautiful. However, what captivated me in this book was not the story or characters, but the words.

Simply, it has some of the most beautiful prose of anything I’ve read all year. Doerr uses the perspective of a blind girl to produce hauntingly beautiful imagery. "Open your eyes and see what you can before they close forever.” If the story had gone nowhere I wouldn’t have been too upset.

Final Thoughts

I wonder if anyone has tried to go track down the Sea of Flames in real life.

Favorite Quote

“Your problem, Werner,” says Frederick, “is that you still believe you own your life.”