Book Review – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
All The Light We Cannot see is a novel that is sold as a book about war, but it is a lot more than that. With three main protagonists, it looks at war, at people, at redemption and humanity in its widest sense.
Marie Louise Leblanc has been blind since she was six, and Werner Penning has been an orphan,working in the same mine that killed his father. The final character is an old man, finding a world through his radio. War is never far away, but so too is hope, Marie Louise and Werner find that they have a lot in common, even when he is killed in action, and she survives all that the war has to offer her.
Marie is a woman of invention, not letting the tragedy that she lived through get to her. She looks after a small house that her father has made for her. Even though the Germans would like it, it doesn’t fall into their hands.
At just over four hundred pages, there is a lot in All The Light We Cannot See, but it requires that level of writing to get the many points across to the reader. The book is one of the best written books that I have read recently looking at a time in our history, that we would much rather forget about.