All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr’s sprawling 2014 novel “All the Light We Cannot See,” is the rare work of art that succeeds in being both transcendent and popular. The book has won several major prizes and sold phenomenally well to what’s left of the reading public, pleasing consumers and critics in equal measure. The plaudits are warranted. Doerr’s story, set during World War II, in France and Germany, is “A Tale of Two Cities” for the 2oth Century, weaving dozens of characters and plots into a coherent and heartbreaking tapestry of humanity. Using controlled, simple prose and short, single-incident chapters, Doerr creates a world that is simultaneously imaginary and painfully real. “All the Light We Cannot See” is a beautiful book.