All The Light We Can Not See By Anthony Doerr

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Seeing What Light One Can
Sometimes, it seems that the best representation of fiction is reality, not the other way around. In the case of some WWII stories, this is all the more true. One of the most remarkable things about extreme tragedy is the clarity that they bring after the fact. The self-knowledge that a horrible event causes is remarkable, and the perspective that it forces on someone is quite amazing. Marie-Laure’s grandfather’s quote, “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever,” has far deeper meaning and broader, and has applications broader than those originally made obvious to the reader throughout the book: applications to the real world, and applications to all of the characters in the book: both main and supporting characters (Doerr
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a work of historical fiction that follows the lives of two main characters, Marie-Laure and Werner, as well as parts of the lives of people who are important to them in the context of the story plot. Werner is a technologically gifted orphan in Nazi Germany, who is swept up in Nazi nationalism. He becomes an expert on radio hunting operations in the field for the German army. Marie-Laure is a blind French girl who was forced to flee Paris with her father to her uncle’s house in Saint Malo. The book is narrated in a slightly chaotic fashion, with frequent flashbacks to the characters lives. The present events of the book take place in the city of Saint…
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