All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See


Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See: 1. Making Socks Summary & Analysis

Werner wakes up one night, and finds Jutta lying next to him. Jutta is drawing, as she often does. These days, Jutta must spend her time making socks for German soldiers—she has to seize the time to draw whenever it’s available. Jutta explains that she is drawing but also listening to Werner’s radio. Almost angrily, she tells Werner that the Germans have bombed Paris.
The threat of war is disrupting Marie-Laure’s usual relationship with her father, and the same seems to be true with Jutta and Werner. The distance between the siblings will grow in the coming chapters. From the very start, Jutta (an almost unrealistically wise child) clings to her firm belief that Nazism and the war itself are wrong.
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