All The Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This book received tremendous amount of praise, so I had to give it out a try. Thankfully this didn’t turn out to be one of those over-hyped books.

Marie-Laure lives with her father. When she was six she goes blind, but her father did everything to train her to master the city, by building a miniature of her neighborhood so she could memorize it. Marie-Laure’s story was the most heart breaking of the two stories in this novel. As I read the novel, I managed to read about her journey in life. It wasn’t easy for a blind kid, but she proved that it was not impossible.

Werner is the second major character in the book. Honestly he’s part of the reason why I didn’t rate this 5 stars. His story was just not as good as Marie-Laure’s. I just wanted to get his chapters over with so that I could read more about Marie-Laure’s.

You know the greatest lesson of history? It’s that history is what ever the victors say it is.
This is one of my favorite lines in the novel. I’ve never realized that before. What if all of the history in the world were lies? We may never know the truth because it is true that the victor lives to tell the tale.

Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.
An eye opening statement. This line applies to what happened to Marie-Laure. She was six years old when she turned blind, and she obviously hadn’t seen much of the world’s marvelous beauty. We as people who have the sense of sight shouldn’t take things for granted. We should divulge ourselves in the beauty of nature before we lose the ability to do so in the future. This line really had a huge impact on me.

The novel has a good setting, and a marvelous set of characters. If you’re looking for a great historical-fiction novel, then don’t hesitate to give this one a try. You will be engulfed in one of the two stories, or even both perhaps. 4.25/5 stars, this is not perfect, but a little more and it would’ve made it to my favorites list


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