All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for January 2017 BOOK GROUP at BOC.

The next book we will be discussing at the Bishop Otter campus ( BOC) BOOK GROUP will be: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

Thursday 26th January 2017 in UH2 at BOC 12-1pm



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

‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’

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 fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of
Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.


Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and Memory Wall. His work has won numerous prizes in the U.S., including the Rome Prize, The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, Granta named Doerr one of the Best Young American Novelists, and in 2011, his story “The Deep” won the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He lives in the mountains in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two young sons.

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Author: Angela Roberts

Writer. Reader. Theatre buff. Hemingway boff. Footy fan. IT-whizz. PETA's Action Team member. Mum. Wife. Loves words, characters and stories.

2 thoughts on “All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for January 2017 BOOK GROUP at BOC.”

  1. The BRC book group loved this book. Most of us gave it 9/10. We did admit that it was a slow start, but once we were in St Malo we were fully involved with the characters. Thanks for choosing this book, Louise Mahoney!

  2. BOC book group gave this book 9/10 on average. We thought it was cleverly written, atmospheric & scenic. We wished the characters had a little more description at times, but overall an enjoyable read that generated much discussion. None of us had read Anthony Doerr before, and we all thought that we would like to read more of his novels sometime soon. . . Great read!

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