25 thoughts on “Contact

  1. I am still enjoying “All The Light We Cannot See.” I felt compelled to write to Mr. Doerr as I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a book as I have this one. The reason why I enjoyed it sets this book apart from others I would rate highly as well.

    The story is wonderful, creative and informative. But it is the writing that is stunningly beautiful and what captured my heart. I read through half the book,and then went back to page one so that I could savor it very slowly. The writing is so exquisite, that I stopped to highlight many passages. Many sentences I chose to re-read over and over at their unique and gorgeous structure. I loved every minute of this book, as it is an absolute treasure.

  2. My name is brianna and i am 12 years old. I review books on good reads and facebook. Can i get a copy of one of your books?

  3. I’m 64 years old, have been a lover of books and words as long as I can remember and have never been moved to write to an author. But All the Light We Cannot See was such a beautiful creation I wanted to say thank you. You touched me deeply and I will always treasure the real, live people I met in your book.

  4. Wow! I have just finished All The Light We Cannot See and felt compelled to write Mr. Doerr a thank you for the finely crafted novel. I loved reading it and am slightly sad now only because I’ve reached it’s end. Thank you for the wondrous story.

  5. Thank you, Mr. Doerr! My husband and I have had such a great time reading All The Light We Cannot See aloud over the last week. Couldn’t wait to sit down with it each evening, we were captivated right through to the end, and, often, deeply moved. Grateful to have found you!

    • Last night, after finishing “All the Light We Cannot See,” I spent several minutes sitting on the couch wondering what to do with myself. I had stayed up too late, unable to put down the book until morning. I had work the next day. I needed to get up, go brush my teeth, put myself to bed, but such things seemed an incongruously mundane follow-up to the sublime experience I had just had. Climbing into bed at last, I thought “I have to get in touch with the author.”
      When I got up this morning, I was less sure. What have I to say that hasn’t already been said a hundred times? When I began digging for contact information and could only find this page, I was even more hesitant–perhaps you don’t even read these comments. There are many of them, I couldn’t blame you. But then again, perhaps you do read them. And even if I have nothing original to say, the praise already given by others bears repeating. Reading your book was an incredible, huge heartbreak that I know in the future I will find myself wanting to have again and again. It was devastating in the loveliest way, and I cannot thank you enough.

  6. I read “All The Light We Cannot See” – your characters came to life for me. I was there with them – feeling their emotions. Quite compelling. This then led me to “Four Seasons in Rome.” A beautiful evocation of Italy and its people. I enjoyed your perceptions. Molto grazie.

  7. I am a 17 years old algerian writer, I heard about Anthony Doerr for the first time in “La Grand Librairie”, from that moment I felt in love with this book, I would love to read only that it’s not availble in Algeria, I would love to have a copy some day.

  8. I was raised in Cleveland, like you. As a child I knew a boy named Michael Doerr, who I am guessing would have been born around 1950. We were both members of a German youth choir. I am so curious whether this might be your father or uncle. I remember him as a rather quiet boy, so did not know him well. My name at that time was Waltraud Schmidt, since then anglicized my first name, and later married, hence different name now. I treasure good literature, and it would be a thrill to learn that as a child I had met the father or uncle of a great writer.

    I am reading “All the Light …” And am enthralled, and can’t wait to read more of your work

  9. I’ve been compelled to reach out to writers before but have never actually done so… “All the Light We Cannot See” was simply wonderful. I feel so blessed to have come across this book as it has impacted my perspective on life tremendously. Thank you so much for this story! At the end all I could think was “wow” – this story will stay with me for a long time!

  10. Dear Mr Doerr,
    I have just finished reading All The Light Cannot See and would like to thank you for sharing this story. I’ve read many novels set in WWII, but never have I been so moved – most definitely not enough to write to an author! The book was beautifully written, and so subtle in conveying the atrocities of war. Your creativity and insight has truly been appreciated and I cannot wait to share it with all my family and friends. Thank you again.

  11. Thank you, thank you for such a masterpiece of a book. I, too, reread and blissed-out on your word structures! I live in Rome, so naturally ai was curious to read FOUR SEASONS IN ROME and it is basically as brilliant as I expected. The way you verbalized such small unnoticeable details about Rome was awesome for me, and you are dead on! I had the same joyful feeling when I first saw the Fontanone on the GIANICOLO. My daughter is one of the chefs at the Academy since early 2014 so I have been often to lunch and dinner there. Congratulations and all the best!

  12. Thank you for your novel “All the light we cannot see”. I am so grateful. I will always remember this story and each wonderful character. I have never finished a book and sat with tears of sadness and joy like this wondering how such a treasure could be conceived. Keep writing.

  13. I’ve just finished devouring “All the light we can not see” and wanted to thank you for creating such a beautiful, heart wrenching, terrifying, compelling truly amazing book. I loved it.

  14. All the light we cannot see, is a perfect book with a glorious story that enjoy reading, I just wanna know why you kill Werner I don’t understand that.

  15. I am writing from Germany. At the moment you are for me one of the best novelist of the worlds, I am continiously reading fiction since nearly 40 years and I want to thank you Mr. Doerr for your wonderful books.
    And please keep on writing….

  16. Dear Anthony
    I have never written to an author before..but couldn’t help myself. I read because it takes me to another place, to another people…All the Light We Cannot See brought me there in a way no other novel ever has. It was simply beautiful, stunning and I just can’t stop thinking about it. I’m going to read it again in a little while and savor it all the same…thank you for the time you put into crafting such beauty and for sharing it with all of us.

  17. All The Light We Cannot See is beyond the best book I have ever had the privilege to read. I cannot find the words to explain how much I truly love this book. Right down to my very core, this book moved me. The writing. Oh, the writing. It is exquisite. Many times I had to put the book down and just let the beautiful words tumble around in my head. It has ruined every other book for me, my mother and one of my co-workers. It took me much more time to read this book than normal because I simply did not want it to end. This book. It is everything. Mr. Doerr, thank you.

  18. Mr. Doerr; your mother was a wonderful science teacher my two sons had at University School in Shaker Hts OH. It is no surprise she raised a talented, feeling and thoughtful son whose writing is beyond top notch. It is a treat that you share your creativity and fine writing with the world. My son grew up loving the quote something like ‘Richer than I you will never be, for I had a mother who read to me’ See how that paid off for you, reading C.S. Lewis with mom?
    Will you have a new offering for a fall 2017 release? I certainly hope so. I look forward to reading anything you put your pen to. Keep at it.

  19. I am hoping “All the Light We Cannot See” will be made into a movie. Definitely the best book I have read in a long time. The Audible version is also a pleasure to listen to. The language and dialogue are exquisitely crafted. The right movie maker could produce a compelling film.

  20. Dear Anthony,
    My name is Tyler and I recently listened to your lecture at the John Adams Institute and I was in Awe. I am seventeen years old and currently on my fourth semester of college, and I could not help but relate to your speech. I find myself searching the school’s catalog for anything that strikes my attention, which has recently become easier with every coming day. I find your process incredible and I too find the world around me fascinating, always wanting to uncover the impossible. You may not read this, but if you do, please know that you have helped me in more ways then one. I thank you for your mind, and for sharing it with the rest of us.

  21. I’m so thrilled that I’ve cajoled our school to read All the Light for our first all school and community read this summer! Such beauty in written expression is seldom seen. Looking forward to sharing with my friends at The Webb School!

  22. Many times I have thought about contacting an author but i have never done so until now. The book is truly amazing. I am someone who after a while reading can start to rush through a book when I want to find out what happens and at that point i will read the end and then go back to where I was and read more slowly again. However the beauty of this book is that even when you know that the girl survives this does not detract from the story . It is a powerful tale of children / teenagers caught up in war. I will think about this for a long time.

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