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Review: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

Rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”

This book is about two parallel stories of two children, growing up in two different countries set in the backdrop of World War II. The narration of the events moves back and forth both in time and place, between the two main characters. It is a harrowing story of a childhood torn apart by war. It is about Parisian Marie-Laure who has been blind since she was six years old, and a German orphan called Werner who finds himself at the center of the Hitler Youth.


“Don’t you want to be alive before you die?”

Both of their stories are told with sensitivity and sympathy, each one forced down into a difficult path by their personal circumstances and by the destructive monster - war.


All the Light We Cannot See is an inspiring tale that would stay in the memory of the reader for life that is how I would describe it because it makes one realize that war is never a solution to find amicability between nations, it only results in the loss of the people, property, and peace.


The story starts with chillingly beautiful prose, takes us into different twists and turns, and makes us realize what the title means: it imparts a valuable lesson that underneath the surface of the history of wars, there is light and stories that have not been seen; that have gone untold…...


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

Happy Reading

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