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English: All the Light We Cannot See
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Anthony Doerr answers questions about All the Light We Cannot See, and discusses the genesis of the novel, the evolution of the main characters and the different themes & motifs which he includes in the novel.
In this radio interview Doerr spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about his inspiration for the novel and why it's still important to write and think about World War II.
Video: Anthony Doerr on All the Light We Cannot See
Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr discusses the inspiration for his spectacular novel, All The Light We Cannot See.
Video: Anthony Doerr on All The Light We Cannot See - John Adams Institute
Masterpiece. Tremendous. Wow. Overwhelming. Just a few characterizations by readers of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. And the literary critics were also unanimous: Anthony Doerr has an immense talent for storytelling. His masterful and moving novel about two young people during World War II rapidly became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was a National Book Award finalist, the #2 Book of 2014 at Amazon and one of the ten best books of the year at the New York Times Book Review.
The story follows a blind precocious French girl and a scientifically minded German boy whose paths intertwine during the German occupation of France. At its core this is the story of two young, innocent children who are forced into the ugliness of war, both of them victims in some way, neither of them innocent for long. Told from their alternating points of view, building the foundation of the story brick by brick and adding layer upon layer, the writing is captivating and stays with you long after closing the book. A “hauntingly beautiful new book,” according to New York Times’ Janet Maslin.
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For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fill his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, All The Light We Cannot See is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.
The Insight Text Guide on Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See is a comprehensive guide to the novel for senior secondary students of English. It provides detailed notes on context and background, genre, structure and language, as well as an analysis of each section. Characters and themes are covered in depth. Essay topics, guidelines on responding to a topic and a complete sample essay give students invaluable support for their own assessment tasks.
CliffsNotes on Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See includes everything you've come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including summaries and analyses of Doerr's riveting novel set against a World War II backdrop. Includes: focused summaries of the plot and analysis of important themes, symbols, and character development; character analyses of major characters, focusing on what motivates each character; a brief synopsis of the novel; and a short quiz.
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