All the Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian

All the Light There Was

All the Light There Was is the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s—a lyrical, finely wrought tale of loyalty, love, and the many faces of resistance.On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris; like many other Armenians who survived the genocide in their homeland, they have come to Paris to build a new life. T...

Details All the Light There Was

TitleAll the Light There Was
Release DateMar 12th, 2013
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, France, War, World War II, Holocaust

Reviews All the Light There Was

  • Connie
    I started reading this book yesterday on my lunch hour at work and could not go to bed until I had finished it last night.It is the story of an Armenian community in France (mainly Paris) during WW II when the Germans had occupied the country.The novel is "bittersweet" in my opinion and is a mixture of history/romance/suspense.
  • Delilah
    Really good book!! If you've read Sarah's Key then you'll be familiar with the events of this book. This story of the roundup of Jews in Paris during WW2 is told from the perspective of a young Armenian catholic woman who's family has fled to escape the persecution from Turks. She watches her friends be round up and sent to their final destinations of Auschwitz and Buchenwald...she experiences love, loss, but in the end a life that gives readers ...
  • Theresa
    "In writing All the Light There Was, I wasn’t interested in outsized heroism; I was interested in small defiant acts that make dignity and integrity possible in the face of a brutal occupation. It was a time when there was very little light, literally because of blackouts and shortages, and figuratively because of the repression and violence that accompanied collaborationist and Nazi rule." (Nancy Kricorian, author)"All the Light There Was" is...
  • Hannah
    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway!This book was beautiful and complex and I'm still crying. I definitely want to read the other things this author has written. There were lots of details and very realistic characters. It had a very unique perspective. There were some things that I called and others that completely shocked me. This is a book that I'll want to read over and over again.
  • Lyn (Readinghearts)
    It seems that the newest trend in Historical Fiction is novels about WWII. There have been a number of books on this subject lately, and a lot of them are very good. Nancy Kricorian's novel All the Light There Was is one of those books. The story is narrated by Maral, and teenage Armenian girl living in Paris at the time that the Nazi's invade France and the Occupation of Paris begins. Through Maral's eyes we see what it is like to have lived in ...
  • Magdelanye
    I think it sucks when you write a review and it doesnt post.will do again,but not now.To flee or to take a stand?That was the ultimate question facing Parisians as the Nazi herde approached. For the pegorian family,refugees of the Armenian holocaust,"remaining where we had a roof over our heads...was better than wandering across the countryside to God knows where." The father decides:We're staying put." p3This book is the account of that time,tol...
  • Levon Thomassian
    As an historian of WWII Armenian history, I highly recommend Kricorian's book. She really did her homework on this, and her historical references were dead on. On the surface, All The Light There Was is both an Armenian coming of age and love story taking place in German-occupied France. It's an historical fiction that's hard to put down once you start reading. You don't have to be an Armenian to appreciate this book, though I believe that Armeni...
  • Naomi Blackburn
    Read my full review: opinion: This book was amazing. So intelligently written, it reminded me of the works of Chris Bohjalian. There was nothing sticky sweet about this book. It was an incredible raw look at life in France and the daily impact of trying to survive a movement that doesn't want you to survive. This book was intense and powerful when one thinks about the reality of Maral's situation.Why the 4 stars instead of...
  • Julie Durnell
    A short historical fictional story of Armenian families in wartime Paris, Maral's viewpoint was well written of this heartbreaking time in history. The Armenian culture was depicted well without it being the main focus.
  • Robbins Library
    Maral and her brother Missak are the children of orphans; their parents' families were killed in the Armenian genocide, and came to Paris to begin a new life together. The family of four lives in a small apartment in Belleville along with the mother's sister - the children's Auntie Shakeh - who also survived the genocide. When the Germans invade Paris, the whole family endures the wartime conditions of hunger and fear, and Missak and his friends ...