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Book Review: All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

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All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

Genre: Historial Fiction

BUG Rating: 3/5

Overall: I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn’t . I kept waiting for something to happen, to excite me, but it just didn’t. I loved the idea of the story plot, which is what drew me in, but I definitely didn’t find it a page turner – I actually put it down for a couple of months! I was just waiting for the stories of Werner and Marie-Laure to collide, but when they did, it was fleeting and not very satisfying.


Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.


+ What I did like about the book was the descriptive language. The author did do a fantastic job at making me feel like I was really there

+ Beautiful writing, poetic style


– Slow paced

– Anticlimactic

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