All the Light We Cannot See (UK Edition) by Anthony Doerr

By Anthony Doerr

The epic new novel, set in the course of WW2, from Sunday occasions brief tale Prize-winner Anthony Doerr.
Marie-Laure has been blind because the age of six. Her father builds an ideal miniature in their Paris neighbourhood so she will be able to memorize it by way of contact and navigate her method domestic. but if the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a perilous secret.
Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour within the comparable mine that claimed his father's existence, till he discovers a knack for engineering. His expertise wins him a spot at a brutal army academy, yet his approach out of obscurity is outfitted on suffering.
At an analogous time, distant in a walled urban via the ocean, an previous guy discovers new worlds with out ever environment foot outdoors his domestic. yet throughout him, approaching probability closes in.
Doerr's mixture of hovering mind's eye and meticulous commentary is electrical. As Europe is engulfed by way of struggle and lives collide unpredictably, 'All the sunshine we can't See' is an enthralling and devastating elegy for innocence.

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There was little to secure. The Nazis were solidly entrenched and their leaders, most of them SS members, had gathered at the airfield to greet their new boss. Himmler was unmoved by the display. The Austrian Nazis had been a bickering lot, unable to put a coherent team together, and he did not trust them to carry out his kind of law and order. It was a measure of his contempt that he left Globocnik and Rainer at the airport to find their way back to Vienna while his motorcade roared into the city.

Then, at midnight, he called Seyss into his office. M. Miklas approved the cabinet list, which included Glaise-Horstenau as vice-chancellor, and said he would swear in the new government the next morning. Outside the mob was in control. Young Nazis had swarmed up the facade of the chancellery and fastened Nazi flags. A light rain had begun to fall. Torches gleamed in the night. M. Major Hubert Klausner, head of the Nazi party—now legal—stepped onto the balcony to announce "with deep emotion in this festive hour that Austria is free, that Austria is national socialist.

He had been president—a ceremonial head-of-state office with some clear powers including naming the chancellor and his cabinet—for ten years. He had once taught history and, staunch Catholic that he was, had fathered fourteen children. Short, squat, on the dumpy side, he was anything but a heroic figure. But he was a patriot and in the end would prove to be Austria's last one. He told Schuschnigg to think it over and not wilt in the face of German ultimata. While Schuschnigg was talking to Miklas, Seyss was back on the phone with Berlin.

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