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BOOK CLUB: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

The highly acclaimed novel, which is both a Pulitzer Prize recipient and National Book Award contender, immediately topped the New York Times bestseller list and landed a spot on the New York Times Book Review’s Top 10. The plot unfolds against the backdrop of World War II in occupied France and centers around the survival stories of a visually impaired French girl and a German boy.

Living next to the Natural History Museum in Paris is Marie-Laure, a girl who loses her sight at the age of six. Her locksmith father recreates their neighborhood in a tactile miniature model to help her navigate their home. As the Nazis seize Paris when she is twelve, they retreat to the fortified town of Saint-Malo, where her elusive great-uncle resides in a seaside mansion. They bring along a jewel from the museum that is as precious as it is dangerous.

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Meanwhile, in a German mining town, Werner, an orphan, grows up fascinated by a rudimentary radio he and his sister discover. He becomes skilled at constructing and repairing these vital devices, earning him a spot in the harsh Hitler Youth academy and later a mission to hunt down the Resistance. As he becomes increasingly conscious of the human toll of his expertise, Werner’s journey leads him to Saint-Malo, where his path intertwines with Marie-Laure’s.

With a remarkable knack for vivid detail and compelling metaphors, Doerr masterfully intertwines Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives, shedding light on humanity’s intrinsic goodness amidst adversity. A decade in the making, “All the Light We Cannot See” is an extraordinary, deeply emotional novel that consistently captivates readers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Netflix adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “All the Light We Cannot See,” offers an immersive viewing experience. This story traces the lives of Marie-Laure Leblanc (played by Aria Mia Loberti), a blind French girl seeking refuge with her father and reclusive uncle in St. Malo, France, and Werner (portrayed by Louis Hofmann), a talented teenager recruited by Hitler’s regime due to his proficiency in radio repair. They share a hidden bond that becomes a guiding light amidst the grim circumstances of WWII.

The series, which premiered on November 2nd, 2023, was directed by Shawn Levy. It boasts a stellar cast including Louis Hofmann, Lars Eidinger, Marion Bailey, Hugh Laurie, and Mark Ruffalo, with Aria Mia Loberti in her breakout role. For our book club members, it would be intriguing to compare this visual adaptation with the original text.

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