Open your eyes: A review of All the Light We Cannot See.

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
"Open your eyes, and see what you can with them before they close forever." A very good quote that seems to sum up this remarkable book.

Submitted: July 23, 2017

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Submitted: July 23, 2017



Open your eyes: a review of All The Light We Cannot see.


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

This is a brilliant quote from the novel that seems to sum up the mood and theme of this remarkable book.  


What can one say about the  best celling novel ‘All The Light We Cannot see’?

This emotional  roller coaster of a novel is well  deserving  of its positive reception and reviews. It is a novel that spans eighty years from 1934 to 2014. It is  a powerful and beautifully written world war II epic about two young children who grow up living opposite lives – lives that intertwine and coincide many years later in an incredible twist of fate.  

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six and until war broke out, she lived in Paris with her father. Her life changes dramatically however when she and her father are forced to leave Paris and  journey  to the  historic town of sa malo where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives. While living in her great uncle’s house, Marie-Laure goes through grief upon her father’s dissapearence and determination to live her life as best she can  despite the  ever growing threat to both the town and those she loves. Werner is a young German boy who quickly becomes interested and very adept at building and maintaining radio equipment. His skills earn him a place in the German army and he is given the task of tracking down transmissions from the  enemies of the Germans.

For years, Marie-Laure and Werner live separate lives with Marie-Laure living in the house in Sa Malo with  her great uncle and with Werner working in the German army. But cracks are beginning to form in both of their lives. Marie-Laure becomes aware that her father  has hidden a dark secret – a secret that can be found in a wooden model of the very  town in which she lives, while Werner continues on his  work  in an ever growing sense of guilt and uncertainty.

This novel is a beautifully written and beautifully crafted piece of historical fiction with elegant prose and compelling characters whom the reader comes to believe in and support.  Upon first glance, it is possible for a reader to see very little in terms of plot but as the story goes on, all miss-givings are pushed aside in the wake of surprise and love for both the  story and those who are a part of it. The  detailed narrative allows the reader to delve into the lives, thoughts and emotions of Marie-Laure, Werner and everyone whom they come into contact with.

This novel is a must read for anyone who is in any way interested in World  War II, history and the complex lives of those who  dwelled within this turbulent period in  our world’s history. It  is a remarkable book with a lot to offer. It will open your eyes and bring you into a world that is eerily real and yet strangely  otherworldly at the same time.

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