All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See
Book cover with the title displayed in white over the sky stretched throughout the top and middle of the cover. Underneath the title is an overhead view of the city, Saint-Malo, with a blue overlay.
First edition cover
AuthorAnthony Doerr
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical
PublishedMay 6, 2014
PublisherScribner
Media typePrint (hardback and softback)
Pages544 (hardback); 531 (softback)
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Fiction, Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
ISBN978-1-4767-4658-6
OCLC852226410

All the Light We Cannot See is a 2014 war novel written by American author Anthony Doerr. Set in World War II, the novel centers on two characters: Marie-Laure Leblanc, a blind French girl who takes refuge in her uncle's house in Saint-Malo after Paris is stormed by Nazi Germany, and Werner Pfennig, a bright German boy who gets accepted into a military school because of his skills in radio technology before being sent to the military. The novel is written in a poetic style and switches between Marie-Laure's story and Werner's story almost every chapter, both of which parallel each other. The narrative has a nonlinear structure, flashing between the Battle of Saint-Malo and the events leading up to it. The story has themes of morality such as the dangers of possession and the nature of sacrifice. It also portrays fascination with science and nature.

Doerr's first inspiration comes from a 2004 train ride, in which he witnessed a man getting angry over his phone call cutting out. Doerr felt that the man was unappreciative of the "miracle" of being able to communicate across long distances. He decided to set the novel in World War II with a focus on the Battle of Saint-Malo after a book trip to Saint-Malo in 2005. The novel was published by Scribner on May 6, 2014, to commercial and critical success. It was on the the New York Times Best Seller list for over 200 weeks and ultimately reached over 15 million sales. It was considered by several publications to be among the best books of 2014 and has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. A television adaptation produced by Netflix and 21 Laps Entertainment was announced in 2019.

Plot[edit]

Marie-Laure Leblanc[edit]

Marie-Laure LeBlanc is a girl living in Paris with her father Daniel, the master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History. Marie-Laure went blind at the age of six in 1934, and Daniel aids Marie-Laure in adapting to her condition by creating a model of Paris for her to feel and training Marie-Laure to navigate it. She hears stories of a diamond known as the Sea of Flames that is hidden within the museum; the diamond is said to grant immortality at the cost of endless misfortune to those around the owner. Allegedly, the only way to end the curse is to return the stone to the ocean, its rightful owner.

When Germany invades France in 1940, Marie-Laure and Daniel flee to the coastal town of Saint-Malo to take refuge with her great-uncle Etienne, a recluse and shellshocked veteran of the Great War who spent his time broadcasting old records of his dead brother across Europe. Unknown to Marie-Laure, her father had been entrusted by the museum with either the Sea of Flames diamond or one of three exact copies, made to protect the original gem. Months later, while building a model town of Saint-Malo for Marie-Laure, Daniel is arrested, suspected of conspiracy. He is not heard from again, leaving Marie-Laure alone with Etienne and Madame Manec, Etienne's longtime maid and housekeeper.

Manec participates in the French Resistance along with other local women. These activities have some success, but Madame Manec becomes ill and dies. Marie-Laure and Etienne continue her efforts over the next few years, transmitting secret messages alongside piano recordings and important Morse code information. Eventually, while Marie-Laure is coming back home to routinely deliver a Resistance message from the bakery, she is visited by Sergeant Major Reinhold von Rumpel, a Nazi gemologist who is in pursuit of the Sea of Flames and has tracked the real one to Saint-Malo. Von Rumpel asks the frightened Marie-Laure if her father left her anything and leaves when she says "just a dumb model". The event leads to Etienne taking over Marie-Laure's role of message delivery, and Marie-Laure later opens the model of Etienne's house on the Saint-Malo model and finds the Sea of Flames. Etienne is eventually falsely arrested for terrorism and sent to Fort National.

Werner Pfennig[edit]

In Germany, Werner Pfennig is an orphan in the coal-mining town of Zollverein. Werner is exceptionally bright and has a natural skill for repairing radios; a skill he discovers in 1934 at the age of eight after he finds a broken one with his sister Jutta, fixes it, and uses it to hear science and music programs transmitted across Europe. In 1940, Werner's skill earns him a place at the National Political Institute of Education at Schulpforta, a draconian state boarding school teaching Nazi values. Werner's entrance of Schulpforta alienates Jutta because of her disagreement with Nazi values and her listening to French broadcasts depicting a horrific perspective on Germany's invasion. Before leaving for Schulpforta, Werner promises Jutta that he will come back to Zollverein in two years to fly away with her on an airplane.

In Schulpforta, Werner begins work on radio technology alongside Frank Volkheimer, a large yet gentle student, under the supervision of Shulpforta professor Dr. Hauptmann. Volkheimer eventually leaves to join the military. Werner befriends Frederick, a kind-hearted and inattentive student who earns the ire of other students because of his weakness. Frederick is eventually beaten by the other students and becomes amnesiac, resulting in him being sent back to his home in Berlin. When Werner asks for him to leave Schulpforta two years after entering to be with Jutta, Dr. Hauptmann fabricates Werner's age and convinces Nazi officials to send Werner to the military.

Werner is placed in the Wehrmacht, in a squad led by Volkheimer that consists of engineer Walter Bernd and two soldiers named Neumann. The squad travels throughout Europe, tracking illegal enemy signals and executing whoever is producing them. Werner becomes increasingly disillusioned with his position, especially after an innocent young girl is killed by his group after he incorrectly traces a signal. When the squad reaches Saint-Malo, Etienne's signal is traced, and Werner's group is told to track the broadcast. Werner tracks it to Etienne's house but not only recognizes the source as the one who broadcast the science programs he listened to at the orphanage, but becomes entranced by Marie-Laure when he sees her traveling to the bakery. He does not disclose the location of Etienne's house.

Battle of Saint-Malo and aftermath[edit]

A view of a walled coastal city containing multi-level houses and apartments.
Much of All the Light We Cannot See takes place in Saint-Malo (pictured 2015).

When the Allied forces lay siege to Saint-Malo in August 1944, Marie-Laure grabs the Sea of Flames and hides in the cellar. After sleeping and waking up the next day, Marie-Laure exits the cellar to drink water. When Von Rumpel enters the house for the Sea of Flames, Marie-Laure hides in the attic. Using Etienne's transmitter, she tries to send for help by transmitting herself reading a braille version of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas alongside pleas of rescue to other radios. During this, Von Rumpel searches the entire house in vain after discovering that the Sea of Flames is no longer in the Saint-Malo model.

Meanwhile; Werner, Volkheimer, and Bernd become trapped beneath a pile of rubble in a cellar after the hotel they were staying at, the Hotel of Bees, is bombed by Allied forces. Bernd dies after sustaining wounds from the explosion. Werner fixes up a radio in an attempt to find help and discovers Marie-Laure's broadcasts. Several days later, Volkheimer realizes that they could die soon and has Werner blow up the rubble with grenade. After they escape, Werner heads for Etienne's house to rescue Marie-Laure and finds von Rumpel, who has become delirious after failing to find the Sea of Flames. After a brief standoff, Werner shoots and kills von Rumpel and meets Marie-Laure. As they flee from Saint-Malo, Marie-Laure places the Sea of Flames inside a gated grotto flooded with seawater from the tide, thereby returning it to the ocean. She gives the key to Werner, who sends her away into safety but is captured himself and sent to an American disarmament center where he becomes gravely ill. One night, in a fit of delirium, Werner leaves the hospital tent and accidentally steps on a German landmine which instantly kills him. Etienne is freed from Fort National and reunites with Marie-Laure.

Thirty years later, Volkheimer finds Jutta and gives her Werner's belongings at the time of his death, including the model house which contained the Sea of Flames, and tells her that possibly Werner had been in love. Jutta travels to France with her son Max, where she meets Marie-Laure in Paris, now working as a marine biologist at the Museum of Natural History. Marie-Laure opens the model and finds the key to the grotto. The story ends in 2014 with Marie-Laure, now 86 years old, walking with her grandson, Michel in the streets of Paris.

Characters[edit]

Marie-Laure's side[edit]

  • Marie-Laure LeBlanc – A blind French girl; the first main protagonist
  • Daniel LeBlanc – Marie-Laure's father and the head locksmith at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris
  • Etienne LeBlanc – Marie-Laure's great-uncle and a resident of Saint-Malo
  • Madame Manec – Etienne's longtime maid and housekeeper

Werner's side[edit]

  • Werner Pfennig – a German orphan boy, very scientifically gifted; the second main protagonist
  • Jutta Pfennig – Werner's strong-willed sister
  • Frau Elena – caretaker of Werner and Jutta in the orphanage, who teaches them French
  • Hauptmann – Werner's professor at Schulpforta
  • Frederick – Werner's strong-willed but kind-hearted friend
  • Frank Volkheimer – an older boy at Schulpforta who looks after Werner; later a sergeant in the German army
  • Neumann One – a member of Werner's unit in the Wehrmacht
  • Neumann Two – a member of Werner's unit in the Wehrmacht; crass and addicted to pain pills
  • Walter Bernd – a German engineer; the oldest in Werner's unit

Other characters[edit]

  • Sergeant Major Reinhold von Rumpel – a sergeant major and gemologist in the German army; the main antagonist

Background and writing[edit]

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Anthony Doerr (pictured in 2015) is the author of All the Light We Cannot See

According to Doerr, the first inspiration for All the Light We Cannot See during a 2004 train ride when he saw a man get angry over his call cutting out after the train entered a tunnel. Doerr thought that the man was forgetting the "miracle" of the ability to talk to someone from across the world using the phone. This led to him conceptualizing a story set in a time when such a thing would be considered a miracle.[1][2][3] After the incident, he wrote down the title for the novel on a notebook.[4] Initially, the only idea he had for the book was a girl reading to a boy over the radio. During a book trip to France in 2005, Doerr visited Saint-Malo and became fascinated by it. In particular, he was interested by its old appearance in spite have being destroyed near the end of World War II. Doerr considered this "an early step" to writing the novel.[1][5]

The novel took ten years to write, much of which was spent researching for the novel.[6] He researched diaries and letters written and sent during World War II and visited Germany, Paris, and Saint-Malo for further study,[7] though this research was hindered by his inability to speak French and German and having to use Google Translate to read them. In spite of this, his conducted research allowed him to add details in the novel related to each of the settings such as Nazi speech transcripts or the names of radios in Germany.[3][6]

Doerr wanted to write a novel that told a story of World War II in a new way. Before then, many of the war stories that Doerr read portrayed the French resistance as charismatic heroes and the German Nazis as evil torturers. He decided to tell a more nuanced view of this by featuring a sympathetic young boy named Werner who gets tragically involved in Nazism, while having the French narrative surround a capable disabled person named Marie-Laure.[5] However, in order to balance out the sympathetic portrayal of a Nazi, Doerr wrote Reinhold von Rumpel as the evil Nazi archetype readers would be more familiar with.[4] Doerr considered writing the novel to be "fun and super frustrating all at once" due to him writing over a hundred short chapters that alternated between separate point of views, which he likened to a building a model house.[3] Because of the lyrical style employed in the novel, Doerr intentionally kept the chapters short to make the novel more accessible to readers.[3][8]

Style and structure[edit]

The writing style of All the Light We Cannot See is lyrical and poetic.[9][10] According to book critic Steve Donoghue: even though the story isn't simplistic, the writing is readily accessible by readers.[11] The novel is mostly told in present tense, and each chapter is short and direct.[12] Throughout the writing of the novel, Doerr utilizes the technique, show, don't tell, and "allows [the] simple details to say much".[13] The descriptions of various points of interest, such as battlefields and beaches, are rich and detailed;[9] nearly all the nouns in writing has an adjective next to it.[14] In particular, the story from Marie-Laure's point of view utilizes sharp sensory details of sound, touch, and smell.[10][13]

Marie-Laure's story and Werner's story alternate between chapters.[10] The narrative moves with the brisk pace of a thriller novel; each chapter is a few pages long and offers a glimpse to each of the two characters and their circumstances.[15] The stories of two characters parallel each other; Marie-Laure's story is about her experiences without sight, while Werner's story is about his fascination with sound.[13] Much of the story takes place between 1934–1945, with the focus being placed on the Battle of Saint-Malo in August 1944, where Marie-Laure's and Werner's stories converge.[16] The narrative flashes between the events of the Battle of Saint-Malo and the events leading up to it throughout the novel.[10][15] The last part of the novel takes place in the present day.[17]

Themes[edit]

Morality and dilemmas[edit]

The characters in All the Light We Cannot See are often morally ambiguous rather than simplistic; the subtle details Doerr uses in the novel prevent the reader from viewing Werner as simply an evil Nazi and Marie-Laure as simply a noble hero.[18] Many of the characters, even the heroes, are flawed in some way to make them seem real.[9] Marie-Laure believes that she is not as courageous as others see her and that her dealing with blindness is normal for her.[18] Meanwhile, Werner is tragically portrayed; he struggles to find free-will and redemption as he is forced to enter a Nazi military school to escape an unpalatable fate in the mines and is ultimately forced to join the military. In spite of his sympathetic portrayal, his actions as a Nazi and his increasing tolerance of violence are unexcused, though he ultimately finds redemption when he rescues Marie-Laure.[16][18]

Much of the novel deals with ethical themes. During the novel, Germany's attempt to acquire all of Europe leads to its downfall, while Von Rumpel tries to acquire the Sea of Flames, highlighting the dangers of possession. Another theme is the nature of sacrifice; Daniel gives the Sea of Flames to Marie-Laure to keep her alive despite the curse leading to him being arrested, while Werner is forced to reluctantly risk his life for Germany.[13] The novel also deals with dilemmas such as choice versus fate and atrocity versus honor.[15] According to Los Angeles Times's Steph Cha, "The characters are constantly searching — for forbidden radio transmissions, for the Sea of Flames, for each other — locating tiny points in the chaos of the universe. They look for meaning while facing the vastness and 'the seismic, engulfing indifference of the world,' and their fates hinge on their ability to act when everything seems to be determined on scales they can only imagine."[16]

Fascination with science and nature[edit]

The inspiration for the novel was Doerr seeing someone on a train ride getting angry about his call cutting out and Doerr believing that he was forgetting the "miracle" of being able to communicate over long distances. Doerr wanted to write a novel where communicating over long distances would've been considered a miracle.[1] According to Dan Cryer of the San Francisco Chronicle, much of Doerr's works play on his fascination with science and the natural world, with All the Light We Cannot See being an example.[15] As stated by Christine Pivovar of the Kansas City Star, "Science and the natural world [in All the Light We Cannot See] take on the role of the supernatural in a traditional fairy tale."[10]

Creatures, geology, and technological advances such as radio waves are portrayed as fascinating marvels in the novel.[14] Marie-Laure is fascinated by marine creatures such as the blind snail while Werner has a passion and gift for science and radio technology.[17] The title refers to the infinite electromagnetic spectrum which includes light. The length of the electromagnetic spectrum makes all light mathematically invisible, which serves as a common motif throughout the book and imparts thematic tension "between the insignificant and miraculous natures of mankind and all the immeasurable components that make up our lives."[16] When the story is taken to the present day, a character imagines the abundance of electromagnetic waves flowing from cell phones and computers.[17]

Publication and reception[edit]

All the Light We Cannot See was published on May 6, 2014[19] by Scribner, with a print run of 60,000 copies. It was commercially successful and became a breakout hit upon its publication. By December 2014, the book was reprinted 25 times, printing 920,000 copies.[7] It was on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 200 weeks,[20] entering the list a few weeks after its publication. It sold well throughout the year, with sales tripling after the novel lost the National Book Award to Redeployment. In the run-up to Christmas of that year, it was out of stock on Amazon and various booksellers.[7] According Nielsen BookScan, All the Light We Cannot See was the 20th best-selling adult fiction novel of 2014, reporting 247,789 units.[21] The Millions reported that sales for All the Light We Cannot See reached two million copies in March 2016.[22] In January 2021, Publishers Weekly reported that All the Light We Cannot See reached 5.5 million sales in North America and 9.3 million sales worldwide.[23] By September 2021, the novel had reached over 15 million sales.[20][24] Anthony Doerr found the novel's popularity unexpected due to it featuring a sympathetic Nazi and containing intricate passages about technology.[7]

All the Light We Cannot See was received positively by critics.[7] In a collection of fifteen reviews by book review aggregator Book Marks, twelve were either positive or rave reviews.[25] The novel won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.[26][27] It was also shortlisted for the National Book Award and was the runner-up for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction.[28][29] It was considered among the best books released in 2014 by Entertainment Weekly,[30] Kirkus Reviews,[31] The New York Times,[32] The Washington Post,[33] and NPR.[34] Josh Cook of the Star Tribune and Yvonne Zipp of the Christian Science Monitor considered the novel to be Doerr's best book.[35][36] In a starred review for Booklist, Brad Hopper called it "a novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned".[37] Cha, although having criticized the reliance on melodrama in the beginning, lauded the novel as a "beautiful, expansive tale".[16] JoJo Marshall of Entertainment Weekly asserted that All the Light We Cannot See is a "not-to-be-missed tale [that] is a testament to the buoyancy of our dreams".[38]

Critics praised the novel's writing style. William T. Vollmann, writing for The New York Times Book Review, found the novel to be easy to follow despite its flashbacks and considered it "a good read".[12] In a review in The Boston Globe, John Freeman praised Doerr's work, having called his language fresh and noted his use of show, don't tell.[13] Amanda Vaill, in a review in The Washington Post, considered the novel to be emotionally effective and unsentimental. She writes, "Every piece of backstory reveals information that charges the emerging narrative with significance, until at last the puzzle-box of the plot slides open to reveal the treasure hidden inside."[17] However, although applauding Doerr's attention to detail, Carmen Callil writing for The Guardian considered the novel too long and the dialogue too American; though she opted to forgive Doerr for thereof.[14] Cryer found the prose to be "gorgeous", Doerr's writing to be robust, and the pacing to be great.[15]

The characterization was also praised; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Steven Novak found it to be where the merits of the novel were rooted in.[39] Sharon Peters of USA Today opined, "Few authors can so gently — yet resolutely — pull readers into such deep understanding of and connection with their characters."[9] The focus on characters and their choices in a wartime setting was found to be fresh by both Kirkus Reviews and the New York Times's Janet Maslin.[31][8] Evelyn Beck of Library Journal lauded the characters of Marie-Laure and Werner, finding them "so interesting and sympathetic" that they engage the reader.[40] Vollman and Cha had differing opinions over whether Marie-Laure or Werner respectively had better characterization, with Vollman citing Marie-Laure's "believable" representation of blindness and Cha citing Werner's internal struggle with Nazism.[12][16] Vollman in particular criticized the use of Nazi stereotypes.[12]

Television adaptation[edit]

In March 2019, Netflix and 21 Laps Entertainment acquired the rights to develop a limited television series adaptation of the novel with Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Josh Barry executive producing.[41] It was announced in September 2021 that Netflix gave the production a series order consisting of four episodes, with Steven Knight writing the series and Levy directing all episodes.[42] The adaptation is set to star Aria Mia Loberti as Marie-Laure, Louis Hofmann as Werner, Mark Ruffalo as Daniel, Hugh Laurie as Etienne, Lars Eidinger as von Rumpel, and Nell Sutton as a young Marie-Laure.[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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