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Everything Is Illuminated

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. Sometimes reading makes me so angryDammitI m a freaking mess I realize this and I accept itUghWhy Jonathan Safran Foer Why Why do you do this to me And why the hell are you so young I know that some call you gimmicky and think that you are just a phosphoresce in the pannikin yes I too have access to Thesauruscom but I justjust spleen them They can read their Anderson and their Coetzee and leave us dreamers alone I am Team Foer others be damned I still wish you weren t so freaking young thoughThe story is fragmented told through letters and hodgepodges of writings that might or might not be parts of a novel There is the story about the people of Trachimbrod which might be Trochenbrod a city in western Ukraine that was decimated during WWII by a Nazi Invasion There is the story of Alex and Jonathan and their journey to find out Who is Augustine And to thank her for saving Jonathan s lineage There is the story of Grandfather and Herschel copious amounts of tears during that one And then there are the stories within the stories The story of Brod Jonathan s great great great great great grandmother and her struggle with loving the idea of love and her 613 sadnesses Mirror Sadness Sadness of not knowing if your body is normal Beauty Sadness Sadness of Hands Sadness of knowing that your body is normal Kissing Sadness Sadness of wanting sadness Sadness of feeling the need to create beautiful things What if Sadness Sadness Secret Sadness The story of the would be Augustine and her house with its many labeled boxes SilverPerfumePinwheels WatchesWinter Darkness Pillowcases PoetryNailsPisces Dust MenorahsInksKeys Death of a Firstborn In Case I loved them all I love the awakenings and the not truths I love the humor and the tragedies and the friendships I am giddy and heavy hearted I am in love with the idea What I loved most what I clung to after I finished the book was this Jews have Six SensesTouch taste sight smell hearingmemory While Gentiles experience and process the world through the traditional senses and see memory only as a second order means of interpreting events for Jews memory is no less primary than the prick of a pin or its silver glimmer or the taste of the blood it pulls from the finger The Jew is pricked by a pin and remembers other pins It is only by tracing the pinprick back to other pinpricks when his mother tried to fix his sleeve while his arm was still in it when his grandfather s fingers fell from stroking his great grandfather s damp forehead when Abraham tested the knife point to be sure Isaac would feel no pain that the Jew is able to know why it hurts When a Jew encounters a pin he asks What does it remember like The idea of memory as a sense Okay I ve admitted it before and will again and again I m a shiksa a French CanadianGermanNH bred Shiksa I can t fathom the horrors of having the Holocaust in my past I won t even begin to pretend to imagine the ramifications But I can appreciate this idea What does it remember like Aren t we all tied to the past Aren t all of our future actions predetermined by a memory Everything is the way it is because everything was the way it was So much for Free Will At one point Alex begs Jonathan when writing their story I beseech you to forgive us and to make us better than we are Make us good We have that power in writing To take away the bad and to recreate We usually choose not to It has to be grittyfairytales are for the youngwe need to set the story straight we need to exorcise our demonsand so on Make us good God that just about killed meAnd this is why I will always defend Foer His ability to bring me to this awareness and to break my heart in 300 pages or less

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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. when it s 120 am and you re thinking about your favorite book of the year so far again and you realize you never posted your review and you just havetohavetohaveto let everyone know how much you loved itHo ly shithttpsemmareadstoomuchwordpresscoThis book was incredible Truly I ve taken the last hour or two to just kind of continue with my life and try to absorb that experience Because even though I ve been reading this book for almost three weeks bananas long for me it still feels like one cohesive experienceI just want to uote this book to you if that s okay Just for a hot sec There is no love only the end of love Between a grandfather and a grandson You have ghostsOf course I have ghostsWhat are your ghosts likeThey are on the inside of the lids of my eyesThis is also where my ghosts resideYou have ghostsOf course I have ghostsBut you are a childI am not a childBut you have not known loveThese are my ghosts The spaces amid love Maybe uoting it wasn t a good idea because I want to give swaths of it to you all I ll end up trying to trick you into reading by including ever lengthening passagesThese characters may very well stay with me for the rest of my life Lovely Alex with his love for his brother and his grandiose lies and his dashed dreams and his wonderfully terrible English Did you manufacture any Zs The metafiction how much is real Jonathan Safran Foer dedicated to his notebook staunch vegetarian Brod and her 613 sadnesses her love for everyone and everything and no one and nothing The Gypsy girl whose heart broke for Safran whom she did not love and his books organized by the colors of their spines The shtetl of Trachimbrod its Trachimday and the Time of Dyed Hands and surname initialed residents Bitzl Bitzl R was my favoriteThis book sometimes gave me a feeling like my heart was swelling up My hand twitched for a pencil or a Post It while I read these lovely words but I was always too absorbed and soon forgot what I was trying to remember to do That feeling is why I readThis was slow to start and I almost god forbid DNFed it Can you imagine Even two thirds in I contemplated three stars sadly reminiscing on my vast love of Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseI know this review isn t of YA or a book that s in right now or a new release I still hope you guys read this and will consider picking it up though Because I want to live inside this bookBottom line I don t even know what to say I so badly want you to read it But if you do and you don t like it even when you get to the beautiful beautiful last seventy five pages please don t tell meI want to write like Jonathan Safran Foer can write

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Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English Jonathan is led on a uixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past. Sorry but I didn t care for this at all If Mr Nobody wrote a book about himself as the main character and used some uninventive malapropisms to make discussions with a foreigner amusing the book would be tossed But wait Foer went to Yale Unfortunately for me the uality of his writing shows me that nepotism will always beat out merit these days Sorry to be harsh but really I found the writing to be uite poor


10 thoughts on “Everything Is Illuminated

  1. says:

    Sometimes reading makes me so angryDammitI’m a freaking mess I realize this and I accept itUghWhy Jonathan Safran Foer? Why? Why do you do this to me? And why the hell are you so young? I know that some call you gimmicky and think that you are just a phosphoresce in the pannikin yes I too have access to Thesauruscom but I justjust spleen them They can read their Anderson and their Coetzee and leave us dreamers alone I am ‘Team Foer

  2. says:

    Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated Dutton 2002My what a clever novelIn any case that I imagine is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this And really much about it is clever The comparisons to A Clockw

  3. says:

    I watched the movie of this first and loved it It was basically a movie about cultural misunderstanding and how people can

  4. says:

    You are burned out So you suggested to your wife that the whole family spend the weekend in a beach resort You le

  5. says:

    One of the nice things about being stoned is the added dimension of humor or profundity that otherwise inconseuential things can assume in our impression of them I remember once having my mind blown at the idea of language and how an

  6. says:

    when it's 120 am and you're thinking about your favorite book of the year so far again and you realize you never posted your review and you just havetohavetohaveto let everyone know how much you loved itHo ly shithttpsemmareadstoomuchwordpresscoThis book was incredible Truly I’ve taken the last hour or two to j

  7. says:

    Gimmicks as substance

  8. says:

    Sorry but I didn't care for this at all If Mr Nobody wrote a book about himself as the main character and used s

  9. says:

    Funny In a Tragic WayWhat would the English of a bright Ukrainian who had learnt it largely from local pop culture and a thesaurus sound like? Hilarious actually Especially in the telling of a tale which has both been told so many times and can never be told adeuately the Holocaust There are two protagonists the author a young Jewish man off to find his roots in a now famous but obliterated shtetl near the Pol

  10. says:

    Everything Is Illuminated is one of the most focused books I’ve read It doesn’t meander inappropriately and there’s almost no excess Seriously this book’s got less fat than Christian Bale in The Machinist It's either in full o

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