107 pages 3 hours read

Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2014

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Part 5, Chapters 68-95

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 5: “January 1941”

Chapter 68 Summary: “January Recess”

Werner goes home with Frederick to Berlin during their school vacation. Frederick’s family is rich and privileged. Though Werner feels that he has betrayed Frederick, Frederick continues to treat Werner exactly the same as before. The maid, Fanni, lets them into the apartment.

Frederick puts on eyeglasses, revealing why he is so poor at marksmanship. He shares his treasures with Werner, including comic books and a forbidden American book: Audubon’s Birds of America.

Frederick’s mother proudly takes the boys out in their uniforms, and she insists to friends that the Jewish woman who currently occupies the penthouse apartment in their building will be gone by year’s end. When Werner asks Frederick whether he wants to go back to school, Frederick replies that his parents need him to be at Schulpforta, so it doesn’t matter what he wants.

Chapter 69 Summary: “He Is Not Coming Back”

When her father fails to return from his trip, Marie-Laure becomes angry and withdraws from everyone. After 20 days, she is bereft and gives up hope.

Chapter 70 Summary: “Prisoner”

One cold winter night, Werner and all of the other boys are awakened at 2 a.m. They are taken to the courtyard, where a prisoner is bound to a stake in the ground. The boys take turns to throw a bucket of cold water on the prisoner.

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