In Netflix’s latest television adaptation, viewers are once again drawn into the poignant narrative woven by Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, the story unfolds delicately, exploring the tender connection between a German soldier named Werner and Marie-Laure, a blind French girl.
Doerr’s novel opens in Paris, where Marie-Laure resides with her father near the Museum of Natural History. As the master of its myriad locks, her father constructs a perfect miniature of their neighborhood when Marie-Laure loses her sight at the age of six.
This miniature becomes her tactile map, guiding her through the city with remarkable precision.
However, when the Nazis invade Paris when she is twelve, the father-daughter duo embarks on a harrowing journey to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, carrying with them what could be the museum’s most precious and perilous jewel.
Meanwhile, in a German mining town, Werner grows up as an orphan alongside his younger sister, captivated by a rudimentary radio they discover.
As Werner’s skill in building and fixing these radios propels him into the brutal world of the Hitler Youth, he finds himself on a special assignment to track the Resistance. As Werner navigates the harsh realities of war, his path converges with Marie-Laure’s in the historic city of Saint-Malo.
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