All the Light We Cannot See

“Color–that’s another thing people don’t expect. In her imagination, in her dreams, everything has color. The museum buildings are beige, chestnut, hazel. Its scientists are lilac and lemon yellow and fox brown. Piano chords loll in the speaker of the wireless in the guard station, projecting rich black and complicated blues down the hall toward the key pound. Church bells send arcs of bronze careening off the windows. Bees are silver; pigeons are ginger and auburn and occasionally golden. The huge cypress trees she and her father pass on their morning walk are shimmering kaleidoscopes, each needle a polygon of light.”

–Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize and also an Alex Award (awarded to books written for adults that also have strong appeal to teens). Highly recommended. It’s longish (> 500 pages), but it has short chapters alternating perspectives, and you keep wanting to read one more and one more. Another. Just one more.

3 thoughts on “All the Light We Cannot See

  1. saw him at a local library event. Quite charming and delightful. Discussed his love of words and games and science and language. Well worth seeing if you get the chance

  2. Doerr’s story collection, “The Memory Wall,” has some science fiction elements — and some beautiful writing. When I came across “All the Light We Cannot See,” I recognized the name, read a bit, bought the book and was enthralled.

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