all the light we cannot see saint-malo

It’s hard to know where to begin when discussing “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Taking place in the 1940s, we follow the journey of two young children through flashbacks leading up to the bombing of Saint-Malo, France a few days after D-Day.

There are three main narratives through-out the story. One of which is that of an orphan boy who falls in love with radios at a young age. He and his sister become fascinated by the radio, listening to a man inspire them to explore. Werner Pfenning is one day asked by a town official to fix a radio. Thinking it will be his way out of having to work in the mines one day. Instead, it brings him to a military school for Hitler Youth.

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