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All the Light We Cannot See Lesson Plan

Introduction to All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See is Anthony Doerr's fifth book. The novel was published by Scribner in 2014, and was both a critical and popular success, staying on The New York Times bestseller list for 118 weeks.

Inspiration for the novel struck Doerr when he was traveling with a friend whose cell phone broke. The experience made Doerr think about how dependent so many people in the modern world are on cell phones; he wanted to explore a time when radio had the same sort of hold over people's lives. For the novel's setting, Doerr chose Saint-Malo, after he visited there and discovered what a magical, fairytale-like town it is.

All the Light We Cannot See takes place during World War II,...

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