My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There are none so distant that fate cannot bring them together.
All the Light We Cannot See is a story about two teenagers during the second world war – Werner and Marie-Laure.
Werner is a young brilliant orphan boy who lives in a children’s home with his sister Jutta. He and his sister stays up at night to listen to a french scientist through a radio he has fixed alone. Listening to this frenchman made him wonder about Science and what it has to offer. His skills with the radio led him to become one of the Hitler Youth where he trained and studied in an academy.
Marie-Laure, on the other hand, is a blind girl who had to flee Paris and move to a town near the ocean- Saint Malo. She lived with her father who buys her books in Braille and builds her models of the town. In Saint Malo, she meets her great-uncle Etienne who collected radios but is afraid to go out of the house.
This book is beautifully written. Anthony Doerr knows how to choose to the right words that will perfectly describe the characters and the setting. Details and imagery are everywhere.
However, I did not like the book much. I find the pace of the book too slow. Reading this book required a lot of patience for me to get to the end. I kept on waiting for something to happen. I also kept on wondering if fate would bring Werner and Marie-Laure together or if it’s there story is really separate from one another. I believe that readers who are after the ‘thrill’ in events of a book would not like this one.