All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer prize winning novel, All the Light We Can Not See, was a great read for our book club. There was so much to discuss I believe we could have went on for days discussing it. 

Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever
— Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr’s prose is magical and his descriptions of the city of St. Malo were magnificent. The inclusion of Jules Verne and the radio and miniature towns and snails and ... I could go on and on, his writing made all of these things magical and I just wanted to explore each and every one more.

“So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?”
— Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

The alternating stories of Marie-Laure and Werner kept us interested, wanting to know when, if ever, these two lives were going to connect. The short chapters had me never wanting to put it down. Every so often he’d throw in a chapter giving you further information on the radio for example or Jules Verne, etc, this could have been off putting and taken you out of the story but because of his prose and very short chapters I found it put me even further into the story.

I highly recommend this book for any book club, there is definitely no lack of things to discuss.

For discussion questions and additional material check our All the Light We Can Not See Page