All The Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr| Book Review


“Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”

Hello again, my bookish friends. I know that it’s been more than a month since I’ve written a blog post, but you know, sometimes life gets so busy and we barely have enough time for things we actually want to do. Anyways, today I’m going to review All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book has gotten into me to the point where I just didn’t want it to end, I just wanted to read it forever. Sounds insane! Okay, I’m going to stop ranting, and cut to the chase. Let’s start our book review!

Marie Laure is a French girl who has been blind since the age of six. She lives with her father, who’s the locksmith of the Museum Of Natural History. She always goes to work with him, but when she went blind, her father carved a model of the neighborhood of Paris to make it easier for her to go home by herself. There were so many rumors about a blue stone that is secretly hidden in the museum, where Marie’s father works there. The blue stone is called “The Sea Of Flames” and it’s believed that whoever owns the stone, won’t ever get harmed or even killed, but the owner’s loved ones, will suffer and face death and misfortune in their lives. However, as soon as the Nazis invade France, Marie and her father have no other solution than to leave their town and move to Saint Malo, and live with her uncle Etienne until the war is over.

Werner is an orphan German boy who lives with his younger sister Jutta in an orphanage with other kids. One day, he finds a broken radio, and after several attempts, he actually manages to fix it. So, he and Jutta start  listening to the radio every night. They listen to different scientific stories that are told by an older Frenchman who explains them in an easier way for children to understand. His passion for electronics gives him an opportunity that would change his life forever. In addition to that, he gets enlisted in a German military academy. However, during the dark and crucial times in World War Two, Marie and Werner will meet each other in these heartbreaking events.

What a hauntingly beautiful book. The plot is brilliant and it’s filled with descriptive imagery, which made feel engrossed in the story more than I thought so. The chapters are short, and each chapter has its own title, which makes the book seems not that long, even though it’s 530 pages. Despite the fact that Marie and Werner met for a few moments in the book, I still believe that their admiration towards each other was convincing. However, When I reached half of the book, I felt like I knew the characters as if they were real. Because, their stories were told in specific details, and that’s why I felt so connected to them. I was emotionally attached to Werner and his sister and how they ended up being apart. And the letters that they wrote to each other were so sad at times. Can’t deny the fact that I kept thinking about the book for a week after I finished it. It’s just one of those books that gets into your heart, and make you think about it for days. I don’t read historical fiction books that much, but this book makes me want to buy similar ones. What a page turner! I highly recommend it.