All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Fourth Estate
All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this is a tale where two children’s lives are not so much interrupted by war as led in different directions by it. Marie-Laure has recently lost her eyesight when she and her father flee Paris from the invading German army. Werner Pfennig and his sister live in orphanage in the mining centre of Zollverein Essen when Werner’s genius with radio is discovered and he qualifies for an education rather than the mines.
Marie-Laure’s father sculpts their neighbourhood in miniature so she will know her way around and Werner’s gift with electronics leads him from the Hitler Youth academy to the same town that Marie-Laure and her father hide with their secret.
A story of war and the growing awareness of the heart wrenching human cost of Werner’s actions and Marie-Laure’s inaction; reading this lyrically crafted novel will make you fall in love with words again.
Review by Jacq Ellem xx