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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Écrit par Anthony Doerr

Raconté par Zach Appelman


All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Écrit par Anthony Doerr

Raconté par Zach Appelman

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4.5/5 (2,030 évaluations)
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16 heures
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May 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781442369375
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Livre audio

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One of the best of the decade…

Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is sensational — the rare book that takes a well-worn subject and adds an unforgettable spin. It follows the twin narratives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan recruited to the military, at the height of WWII. The story is haunting, the imagery of war-torn France beautiful, and the characters so rich in depth that devouring the entire book feels inevitable.

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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 twelve, 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.

Doerr's "stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer "whose sentences never fail to thrill" (Los Angeles Times).

Sortie:
May 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781442369375
Format:
Livre audio

À propos de l'auteur

Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.   


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  • Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is sensational — the rare book that takes a well-worn subject and adds an unforgettable spin. It follows the twin narratives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan recruited to the military, at the height of WWII. The story is haunting, the imagery of war-torn France beautiful, and the characters so rich in depth that devouring every page feels inevitable.

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  • Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is sensational — the rare book that takes a well-worn subject and adds an unforgettable spin. It follows the twin narratives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan recruited to the military, at the height of WWII. The story is haunting, the imagery of war-torn France beautiful, and the characters so rich in depth that devouring every page feels inevitable.

    Scribd Editors

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  • (4/5)
    This is a wonderful book. Beautiful, poetic prose that really brings the places and experiences to life. This is not a shiny, happy-ending sort of book, because in wartime there are previous few of those.The only downside is that it moves a little slow.
  • (5/5)
    I am not quite to the end of this, but I already know. All the Light We Cannot See is destined to be one of THE Books. Doerr's poetry and attention to detail are graceful, minute, and breathtaking, without dampening the dramatic build and momentous action. All this, with incredible depth of field: antiquated radio technology is made fresh and relevant again in the hands of a brilliant-minded orphan, the good old-fashioned observational and theoretical scientific process is re-validated through the hands of a blind girl, and World War 2 in Europe puts on a new, unique and marvelous human face. Like Lucy with the Magician's book in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I want to read this book forever. 500 stars. (Update: I've since finished the novel and I like it even more. 600 stars.)
  • (4/5)
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; (4*); Doerr paints a picture of two adolescents growing up on opposite sides of WWII. The paths each follows ultimately lead to their meeting one another and make for wonderful storytelling. The author uses contrast of characters and events to develop his characters: peace versus war, the mature and experienced versus the young and innocent, etc. I found it interesting how well this worked for the author. Doerr uses short chapters to move back and forth among characters and events and to take time out of sequence. A very effective way to make what was a rather long read move along quickly. This was my first experience with this particular author. I would like to read something else by him.
  • (5/5)
    Moving, heart-wrenching and beautiful all despite being set in the second world war. Paths collide but it's about survival in terrible unfathomable conditions. I had never thought of what it must be like to be caught up in something so awful and frightening as war and conflict when you cannot see or cannot walk etc. This story will stay with me.
  • (5/5)
    A very powerful book. It is well written and interesting. I liked the fact that most of the book focused on two main characters and their perspectives on what was happening throughout WWII. I could easily picture what was happening and the author did a great job creating characters that readers will feel something for and care about.
  • (5/5)
    What beautiful writing!
  • (5/5)
    Highly recommend this book. It's a great intertwining story of WW2 set in France and Germany.
  • (5/5)
    I have just finished this breathtaking......it is now my favorite book!!! Breathtakingly perfect!
  • (4/5)
    Beautifully written book! It didn't touch me as much as some of my favorite books, but I loved the development of parallel plots twisting together at the end and the beautiful prose. Definitely a worthwhile read!
  • (5/5)
    A great read. You just want more. The character development in this story are just fantastic. I found this book hard to put down once I started it.
  • (5/5)
    Set in Europe during WWII, this novel details the story of a gifted German boy trying to escape a life in the mines by going to a military school and a blind French girl trying to survive the onslaught of the Nazi attacks. Their paths cross in several fascinating and heartbreaking ways. The concurrent story of a priceless jewel, the Nazi officer trying to track it down, and the hapless museum worker charged with keeping it safe (who also happens to be the French girl's father) is just as engrossing.There are so many wonderful things about this book: the story is excellent, the characters have impressive depth, and the writing is superb. But the last hundred pages or so became too dark and sad for me. I recognize that this is my issue and not the book's, though, and it's still one of the better books I've read this year. Definitely worth all the acclaim it has garnered.
  • (5/5)
    So well done!
    I loved all of the characters, even the obsessive "bad guy" toward the end.
    What a great reminder of the depth of passion children can hold for things! Radios, reading, snails, birds, music, how wonderful is that child's keen perspective?!
  • (5/5)
    "Read" as an audio book. The reader's voice (Jill Fox) contributed to appreciation of the descriptive language. Moving between points of view of 1)a blind French girl whose father dotes on her and who spends her days at the national museum where her father works; 2)an orphaned German teen who is skilled at math and makes a radio which leads to his "assignment" to a special Nazi unit for tracking partisan radio signals and who doesn't listen to his younger sister's warnings about implications; 3)an avaricious German officer with cancer.The well-developed inner life of the characters and the ways they were affected by the war, and the side characters made this an engrossing book.
  • (4/5)
    Superb description and tension. I only wish the book had ended like Marie Laure had suggested...sometimes leaving the reader wondering what happens to the characters is more satisfying.
  • (5/5)
    This is a beautifully written, highly engaging novel centered on two individuals caught up in the events leading up to and including World War II. The first is a young, German orphan who is drafted into a highly exclusive military training regiment, where he develops expertise in radio technology. The other is an equally young, blind French girl, forced to flee Paris with her father in advance of the Nazi invasion and settle in the Brittany, seaside village of St. Malo.The book follows the two separate threads, even occasionally shifting time frames, until the characters are brought together in the days following the Normandy invasion. The chapters, which are VERY short (sometimes a single page, most commonly 2-5 pages) move rapidly back and forth, without interrupting the flow of the story. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and rightly so. It is a very nice story.
  • (3/5)
    Way too long for the payoff. The stories of the two protagonists are interesting but I felt that words were added simply to make me, as a reader, feel the passage of time. Wouldn't have minded if the wordiness had added depth. It didn't. Much of the language is calmly, but lyrically, descriptive but I kept waiting to be wowed as so many critics were. I wasn't.
  • (4/5)
    I once wrote a review of this book saying that I had read half of this book and that I would later write a better review of it once I had finished this book. Well, I have finally gotten around to reading the whole book and what a book it was. Set during World War II, it centers mainly on the characters of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who is between the ages of twelve and sixteen and Werner, a German boy who is between the ages of fourteen and eighteen.Marie-Laure's father is the locksmith at the National History Museum in Paris. He builds her a model of the area of the streets between their apartment and the museum so she can feel with her fingers the path to the museum and learn to find her way around in the real world. For her birthday he buys her the first half of the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to read in braille.There is a diamond called the Sea Of Flames which is hidden deep within the vaults of the museum. It is said to give the keeper everlasting life, yet also kill off everyone and everything the keeper loves. It is a cursed stone. When the Germans entered France the museum director gives three stones, two copies and one real one to three men, one of which is Marie-Laure's father and they are to take the stones to a safe location. When they arrive at the location to give the stone to the man who is to get the stone to safety, he has already left for London. So Marie-Laure and her father go ahead with their plans to go to the island of Saint-Malo to stay with his Uncle Etienne who is said to have gone a bit crazy after World War I and has never left his house.When they arrive they are met by the elderly Madame Manec who is a wonder in the kitchen and keeps things running smoothly and is a godsend. Her father builds her a model of the city just like he did back home just in case she needs to learn to go outside, though he refuses to let her go outside now that the Germans have taken over the island. Uncle Etienne reads to her when he is up to it and the two of them get along rather well. Then Marie-Laure's father gets a telegram asking that he come back to Paris. He does not know if this is a trap so he leaves the stone behind hidden carefully away inside the model. He ends up getting arrested and sent to a camp. Madam Manec begins to form a committee to try to do small things to foil the Germans, but soon they become bigger things and they want Etienne to help with his radio up in the attic but he refuses to get involved or risk Marie-Laure.Werner and his sister Jutta are orphans in an orphanage run by Frau Elena a sweet loving woman who speaks German with a French accent since she is from Alsace. He is a bright boy who is good with mechanical things. When he finds a broken down radio he gets it working again and the other kids get to listen to it. At night he and Jutta listen to this Frenchman who gives lessons and plays a bit of music. It turns out that this Frenchman is Marie-Laure's grandfather and her great-uncle Etienne plays the recordings on his radio for others to hear. When he finds a book on math, he teaches himself higher levels of math like trigonometry.Soon one person hears about his ability to fix things and he is off fixing radios for everyone in the town. When he fixes the radio of an important man in the military, he recommends Werner for a fancy military school. Jutta is against him going there for fear of him becoming a Nazi. The school is harsh and the friend he makes there is a weak boy in the ways that matter to them, but he is one who teaches Werner a lesson. Soon he is off to war as a radio operator questioning everything.The book goes back and forth beginning with the year 1940 going forward and toward a day in 1944 when the lives of these two will finally meet along with a third, a Sergeant Major von Rumpel who is searching desperately for the Sea of Flames for he believes it will cure his cancer. He is also a gemologist and it is quite a prize. In 1944 the Americans are bombing the island to pieces as the Germans are returning fire. Marie-Laure is alone in the house and Werner is with his men in the cellar of a hotel. This book will show that not all Germans were evil Nazis and not all French soldiers were great heroes. Some of the French worked with the Germans and some worked against them and some did nothing at all. It was a complicated time with no easy answers. Do I believe that a piece of jewelry can be cursed? Yes, I do. This one certainly was. This was a very long book and at times a bit difficult to get through. Some may have problems with the going back and forth through time, but I saw that as a plus. It kept the action going. I highly recommend this book. It was worth the long nights of reading.
  • (4/5)
    An incredibly detailed and descriptive World War II tale. Beautifully written.
  • (4/5)
    All the Light We Cannot See tells the stories leading up to the encounter of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a German orphan, Werner, during World War II. It's a long book, but the chapters are short and keeps it moving, and the characters are well written. You get a feel for them (emotions, personality, etc), the setting, and the events taking place. Anthony Doerr really knows how to write.

    Both characters start off as children before WWII but both can sense a change in their everyday life that leads to war. Marie-Laure lives in Paris with her father who works at a museum. they have to leave Paris with what might be the Sea of Flames, a diamond that is believed to be cursed causing the holder to live forever while the people closest suffer. They go to Saint Malo to stay with Marie's great uncle. Werner becomes fascinated with radios and able to fix any problem that comes up with one, he catches the attention of the German army and enters into the most prestigious school to train. He sees what is happening, doesn't like it morally but participates. He is pulled from school to track illegal radio broadcast for the German army and it leads him to Saint Malo. He has already seen the effects of war and is questioning what he has been told and has to decide if he is going to continue doing as he is told and expected or listen to his mind and hear. The book goes back and forth between the characters childhood and both of them being trapped somewhere in Saint Malo in different places, where eventually their stories come together. The book is so beautifully written, the pace is good, especially considering how long the book is, but the chapters make it fly by. It's a book you can settle into and get lost in.
  • (5/5)
    I very much enjoyed Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See. Set mostly in Saint Malo, France during World War II, the novel is populated by terrific and interesting characters. It's solid storytelling.The book's main characters are Marie-Laure, a blind French teenager, who flees with her father, who may or may not be carrying precious cargo from a natural history museum and Werner, a German teen who longs for something more than working in a coal mine, which he gets, but that means becoming deeply involved with the Nazi cause. Their paths are on a collision course and it was interesting to see what happened when they met.The book is well written -- there are a bunch of timeline jumps that were handled well enough not to be bothersome. This novel definitely lived up to expectations.
  • (5/5)
    I am not surprised to read that this book was ten years in the writing. The chapters are short, which I liked yet still manage to hold a wealth of descriptive writing. There's no wastage of words here, every one is chosen with skill. A well thought out story line and as with all great novels, it's the drawing together of all the threads as the story comes to it's conclusion that captured me as a reader. I love the way the connections are made and I also enjoyed seeing into the future of the main characters, I was curious to see what became of them after the war. Having a young, blind girl as the central character of a book is probably a gamble for any author, but Marie-Laure exceeded all my expectations. This WWII story about the Hitler Youth goes some way to show the background of the boys who were called up into this movement. We read of oppressive men and the brutality of war. Yet what made the book special for me was that the military part of the narrative was overshadowed by the lives of the ordinary and unimportant citizens who made themselves, by their small actions, important! The very fact of them being there at that time and place meant something to someone, sometimes making the difference between survival and hope or death. I've added this to my 'favourites' list of books and consider it to be one of those treasures that will survive the years and still be enjoyed by many readers well into the future!
  • (5/5)
    Set in WWII, this story travels back and forth between two young people. Marie-Laure, a blind girl who lives with her father, who is the lock-keeper at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Her father builds miniatures of their neighborhood so Marie-Laure can find her way around. Meanwhile, Werner is a German orphan with a remarkable talent for building radios. The war forces Marie-Laure out of Paris to St. Milo and forces Werner into Hitler's army. Woven through this a uniqe, enormous diamond, and the ways in which it is protected and searched out.I often avoid war stories because they are so painful, but this one is so beautifully written and you immediately connect to the two main characters, that the brutality of war is secondary. I believe the light we cannot see is the light of individuals in the darkness of war.
  • (4/5)
    I really liked the story. I found portions of it to drag a bit but overall a great historical fiction read!
  • (5/5)
    What a great read - completely lived up to the hype. I love historical fiction and this is historical fiction at its finest. It is hard not to make an emotional connection to both of the main characters - an orphan German boy recruited into the Nazi Youth, and the young French bind girl who is forced to cope with a relocation and life under German occupation. Their growth and views of life are deep and real. This is a sad time in history and this book helps the reader feel like they are a part of it.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written. Will stay with me a long time. Deserves every bit of critical acclaim it received.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful, sad, reflective
  • (5/5)
    This book is not a page turner like many of the books I read, but it is a really great story. It takes place in WWII and is a story of intersecting lives, frailties and purpose. Really it should be a must read.
  • (5/5)
    This is by far the best book I've read this year. Absolutely beautiful. Beautiful writing, beautiful characters.
    Doerr's writing is smooth and the story just flows. I am so glad to have read it and been on this journey.
  • (4/5)
    Yes, another WWII book, but it's still good. Two main storylines (and a minor third) weave back and forth between the past and the WWII present and then move on to current present. It's artfully done, suspenseful and climatic and touching. I especially noted that the author's narrative relating to the blind girl is really her perspective -- all the descriptions are tactile or scented or aural -- nothing visual, and the scene in my imagination was dark and not very visual as a result. Very well done.
    Significant worldview question in this story: do we have choices about our life's pathway? Frederick says he does not, and yet he does. Same with Vern. What about the others? Did the enlisted/drafted/coerced German soldiers have a choice? The Russians? The news each country heard was so skewed, what is truth? What was the war about? Do these skews exist today? Do we hear the news knowing there is skew or do we forget and think we hear what's true?

    Definitely worth reading. Appropriate for high school aged kids, too.
  • (5/5)
    Phenominal