All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

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All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.
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  • Justin Morris
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "reading helps me relax"
  • Alejandro Bonilla
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is a terrific read. This story is unique, heartwarming, different, and just all around awesome. This is one of those books you just expect to be picked up for a feature film sometime soon. That's how strong the storyline here is. The characters are unique in beautiful and some sad ways that make the story so gripping."
  • Carl Murray
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I recently read the book "All the Light We Cannot See", and I've been deeply touched by its story. The book talks about a French girl, and a boy in the Nazi army at the time of the second world war. Very beautifully written!"
  • Wayne Harper
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Oyster review can be review tough, but this book keeps the norm. It gives information on Nazi boy, and all the drama that goes with."
  • Joshua Hill
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is one of the best books you’ll read this year. On one hand, the title implies the lessons learned by a young German orphan boy about radio waves. On the other hand, as the author describes it, “It’s also a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried within World War II.” Add in a newly blinded French girl who is forced to leave her familiar surroundings, and you’ll soon find yourself in literary heaven."
    Denise Reynolds
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Light. When you pass it through a prism, you’ll see that it’s actually composed of many colors. The prism creates a rainbow by redirecting each wavelength out a slightly different angle. Red has the longest wavelength, and violet the shortest. But light doesn’t stop at red or violet. Just like there are sounds we can’t hear (but other animals can), there is also an enormous range of light—the electromagnetic spectrum-- that our eyes (and ears) can’t detect."
  • Joshua Robertson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is one of the best fiction books of the I have read in a long long time definitely recommend to a friend or Avid Reader because this book is one of the best I have read in a long time, a great story of war and peace."
  • Brenda Moore
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I found myself really inspired by All the Light We Cannot See. It is really relevant for me due to the fact that rumors of war abound in reality. In this book, I was able see war through the eyes of those who are in the midst of it. A valuable and dangerous museum jewel really adds intrigue and mystery to the story. The tale was woven to perfection and kept me engaged until the end. A must read!"
  • Robert Jensen
    Written on May 11, 2018
    ""All the Light We Cannot See" is masterpiece! There, I said what I think about this book and I'm not ashamed of it. It is such a beautiful piece of prose, the WWII setting is so well executed that it undoubtedly is a must read for every reader of historical fiction genre. This book has gotten a lot of attention recently and I'd say it's well deserved! "
  • Richard Lane
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I love historical fiction. And I love a creative setup. But this? This was ultimately the most bog-standard boy-meets-girl I've ever heard. If you're interested in the plot, don't waste your time - just go watch The Sound of Music instead. Same thing, except that one is actually decent. This is garbage."
  • Margaret Estrada
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by ... ... Characters. Fictional works that feature realistic, positive or just plain awesome portrayals of blind and visually impaired people. ..... The School for Good"
  • Rogelio Bravo
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The layered meanings run deep in this book. No wonder nearly every advanced review uses the word “intricate” to describe this masterpiece. The German boy and his sister discover an old radio, where they hear science lessons from afar. There are lessons about the brain, sitting inside the darkness of our skull, interpreting light; there are lessons about coal having been plants living millions of years ago, absorbing light, now buried in darkness; lessons about light waves that we cannot see—all applicable as the story unfolds. Readers will appreciate the short, almost lyrical chapters of alternating characters. The author helps by italicizing earlier mentioned quotes and then leaving almost every chapter closing with a message to ponder. Take for example: “a real diamond is never perfect”, “open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever”, and “the entropy of a closed system never decreases”. All of this is explained in a natural way, but never given out in an assuming manner. The story flows and draws your heart into its deep meaning."
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  • Silvia Cordero
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Great historical fiction novel. Very touching."
  • Jennifer Henry
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a really great book. It was really well written and included so many interesting details about World War 2, Europe, and the characters."
  • Howard Wong
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I wanted a good historical fiction focused on the Nazi occupation of France in WWII. This book was fascinating and made me think about things. It is so easy to vilify people in wartime that we often don't see the humanity in each side. A good story and a book I could not stop reading. "
  • Gabriela Duarte
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I'm looking for some coffee table books that will catch my guests' eyes. What better way than for the book to have a beautiful title? It has to be a good book too, of course! This book has a gorgeous title and is an award winning story to boot!"
  • Harry Lin
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "All the Light we cannot See is a wonderful story set during the backdrop of World War 2. I found it to be extremely touching and honest in it's depiction of the characters. If you're looking for a period novel to read, give this award winner a try."
    Virginia Walters
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "All the Light We Cannot See is an award winning and heartbreaking story of love and beauty set against the horrific realities of war. It is a must read for anyone that loves complex and deep stories of love and it's complicated nature."
    Pari Pillai
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "If you love reading books about our history you should check this book out. This book have so many good details and information that you will read it for hours."
    Virginia Hawkins
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "If you like books about WWII, then pick this up. It's well written and even though its fiction, you can definitely believe it will happen to you!"
  • Adam Peters
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If your like me and you like reading book where the protagonist is a child, you should definitely check out "All the Light We Cannot See". This is an amazing story is about a French girl and German boy and their friendship during WWII. Through the contrast of the tragedies of war and the beauty of love and friendship, this story is not one to be missed!"
  • Alice Bennett
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Don't let the long name fool you: you won't be able to put this book down. I generally run bath water and by the time it gets cool, I am tired of reading for the night anyway. Not with this one: I have no idea how long later, I came out of the bath a complete prune and freezing to death. I rushed to get dressed, ran to my bed, and finished this wonderful book!"
    Elvira Beltrán
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I feel this is a good story about love and war. How two people can love each other, no matter what they face during life."
  • Charles Campbell
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I was not a fan of this book. Something about it just seemed off, I can't put my finger on it. There are much better books having to do with Nazis out there."
  • Cheryl Sandoval
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was in the mood for the best sad novels for teens. I found out about All the Light We Cannot See, and it has been great. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and has a great story line to it."
  • Will Xu
    Written on February 8, 2018
    "All The Light We Cannot see is one of the greatest fiction books you can read, as proven by its New York Times best seller of 2015 award! Join Marie-Laure in Paris as she lives as a young girl with her father and other character stories in this amazing book. All fans of fiction must read this book today or you will be missing out on a classic!"
  • Zachary Reyes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Whoa! This sticks you for awhile after you put it down. I would find myself thinking about it at my job. Just in incredible work, that pushes the limits of the genre."
    Fernando Cázares
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "i love it's content very much"
  • Ana María Alarcón
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Beautifully written historical fiction for the YA market sounds like a no-brainer from a parent or teacher standpoint, but the novel is enjoyable for adults too. The characters draw everyone in."
  • Gerald Coleman
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Not your average story. The prose is a bit different, but in a good way. It's totally engrossing and fantastic introduction into the horrors of that time."
  • Kimberly Beck
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This coming-of-age novel is a bonafide classic for the eighteenth century. Here a girl knows he limits of the world."
  • Mark Banks
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This has potential as a heartwarming romance novel, a la romeo and juliet, with young lovers reaching across the expanse of a world war and battling the cultures they live in to find love and happiness."
    Benito Trejo
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "All the Light We Cannot See is a beautiful book. The story of Marie-Laure and Werner Pfennig is truly thrilling!"
  • Hansika Chavan
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "This book was absolutely fantastic and really made me look at the war in a new light (no pun intended). I highly recommend it."
  • Eugene Owens
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I did not like this book very much. The characters were well described but I felt little warmth toward either of the main ones. The book skips around from one year to another which is confusing but also puzzling as to why. The main characters' lives run parallel to each other in the various chapters but it takes a long time for the two to finally connect. Once they do, it is so brief it makes little sense as to why it was them. I am aware this won a pulitzer prize but all I can say is that it is probably a good thing I was not on that committee. "
  • Patrick Dean
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my boyfriend who waits for me to come home all day. I was looking for something exciting and special to share with my boyfriend to show my appreciation for all of his commitment and loving. I found this alluring romantic novel series called "All the Light We Cannot See" which was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. My boyfriend is an aspiring college student, so he is learning a lot of writing techniques by reading this extraordinary series about a about a blind French girl and German Nazi soldier comforting each other emotionally and intimately during world war 2. Thank you!"
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