4 edition of CliffsNotes on Doerrs All the Light We Cannot See found in the catalog.
|Statement||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company|
|Publishers||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 126 p. :|
|Number of Pages||55|
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For Marie-Laure, who is afraid to make any noise because of von Rumpel, the radio seems like a useless link to the outside world.
This is a book which looks as if it was designed to be read by younger readers - it's colorful setting, short chapters, switching points of narration will satisfy those with short attention spans, who require their story to be told quickly, engagingly, and not too demanding. It's 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 centre of the Hitler Youth.
The narrative then backtracks ten years to 1934. Werner, suffering a profound sense of alienation, is haunted by the specter of their faces. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Werner and Jutta are mesmerized by a French radio broadcast, a respite from the anti-Semitic propaganda the government is broadcasting. There is little sense of the historical process —for example, that German life changed in any fundamental way under the Nazis, particularly in the German coal mining area where Werner is raised.
only for everything to fizzle out. When they find it, Werner feels as if he has been launched into a different existence, a secret place where great discoveries are possible, where an orphan from a coal town can solve some vital mystery hidden in the physical world.
Marie-Laure is afraid to leave her home and the security of the area she knows, but believes that her father will keep her safe, and holds on to his promise that he will never leave her.
Her father is the locksmith at the Paris Museum of Natural History, and Marie is raised wholly in the museum and at home. With Doerr's outline for the story - three characters, three different viewpoints - we know that their stories will eventually collide, but when they finally do it happens in a quick, unsatisfying way.