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LFG, April 24, 2015 (view all comments by LFG)
Impossibly imaginative and brilliant!
Jonathan Safran Foer writes a caricature of himself into this work, flirting with the fiction/nonfiction divide, weaving the whole thing together with the threads of memory and lineage and imagined versions of ourselves. If only the war hadn't happened, Jonathan might have been Alexi. It's a fascinating, mesmerizing kaleidoscopic book full of Yiddish folklore and unapologetic hyperbole. A must read for visual-linguistic creative thinkers who like non-conformist writing.
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lukas, October 29, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
I have a passionate, possibly irrational hatred of this book. Here's Triumph the Insult Dog's review: "Everything is illuminated. . .for me to poop on!"
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Tori, July 8, 2010 (view all comments by Tori)
I can't really describe what this book did to me, but it comes close to heartbreak and revelation.

I loved these characters wholeheartedly and I wanted to step inside the book so I could hug each one.

Jonathan Safran Foer has done something incredible and taken history, family, and love to a place that is at once wonderful but soul-tearing.

Absolutely one of my all-time favorites.
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basyl, January 21, 2010 (view all comments by basyl)
i read the book after watching the movie, rather than vice versa. the imagery and storytelling is totally captivating and strange.
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waynecs_98, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by waynecs_98)
Grabbed me like few recent books have.Quite the debut.
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Product Details

Foer, Jonathan Safran
Harper Perennial
Jonathan Safran Foer
New York
World war, 1939-1945
Young men
Humorous fiction
Domestic fiction
World War, 19
General Fiction
Jewish fiction.
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
April 1, 2003
Grade Level:
8.09x5.32x.70 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060529703 Reviews:
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"Review A Day" by , "Foer exquisitely executes the book's best jokes: the way that Jonathan's minor flaws — his vanity, his American cluelessness, his tendency to patronize — filter through Alex's admiring portrait of the young man he calls his 'most premium friend' and 'the hero.' As the novel shades inexorably into the tragic mode, and as Alex comes to be a much better writer than Jonathan, with both a finer sense of truth and a more urgent understanding of the need for happy endings, his stumbling English incandesces into eloquence. And that alone is worth the price of admission." (read the entire Salon review)
"Review" by , "Comedy and pathos are braided together with extraordinary skill in a haunting debut."
"Review" by , "[A]n inventive but immature fictional excursion, sometimes pleasant, sometimes just pretentious....Much of the novel's humor derives from Alexander's fractured English and his posturing antics. That humor, though bought rather cheaply, is deft, but the too frequent flights of lyricism stink of affectation....[N]ot surprisingly, [the Holocaust] proves to be too big a subject for [Foer's] undeveloped talent."
"Review" by , "One of the most impressive first novels in a long time....[T]his book is, as its name implies, brilliant."
"Review" by , "It's hard to get through the first chapters of Everything Is Illuminated. The problem is, you keep laughing out loud, losing your place, starting again, then stopping because you're tempted to call your friends and read them long sections of Jonathan Safran Foer's assured, hilarious prose....Everything Is Illuminated is endearing, accomplished and (to quote Alex one last time) definitely premium."
"Review" by , "Generations become united across time in this fanciful tale, as Foer, the author, gives the reader a contemporary version of 19th-century Jewish drama — one that blends laughter and tears."
"Review" by , "Foer has written a glittering first novel...with great humor, sympathy, charm and daring. Every page is illuminated."
"Review" by , "Extraordinarily gifted...this young man also happens to possess something approaching wisdom. Don't just check him out. Read him."
"Review" by , "A zestfully imagined novel of wonders both magical and mundane....He will win your admiration, and he will break your heart."
"Synopsis" by , With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.
"Synopsis" by , A writer journeys to the farmlands of eastern Europe to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Passionate and marked by an indelible humanity, Everything Is Illuminated mines the black holes of history and is ultimately a story about searching: for people and places that no longer exist and for the tales that link past and future.

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