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As you read, you can hear the writer's voice clearly. No wonder it became a movie. Good use of language with grammatical errors to highlight English as a second language for the second main Ukrainian storyteller.
As for the story line, it wove in and out between two main characters and their forefathers. It highlights the cultural times. However, I felt it is better if viewed as a montage of many stories rather than one story that was packaged well. It's an entertaining read.
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Steve - Goodreads
When JSF was a freshman at Princeton he took Intro to Writing with JCO (Joyce Carol Oates). She told him he possessed the most important trait a writer can have: energy. I guess I can see the evidence ... Read full review
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Daniel - Goodreads
Non-linear narrative is, for me, often fun to read but commonly done poorly. Only a few writers (mostly of Latin- or South American origin) seem to fully exploit the potential of a story revealed in ... Read full review
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Lynai - Goodreads
This rating might change after I read some reviews. To be honest? I still am not that illuminated with the story at all. I'll get back on this after I read Wikipedia. :D ***UPDATE*** Hmm. How am I ... Read full review
Review: Everything is IlluminatedUser Review - Faa - Goodreads
My premonition: the movie is better than the book My introduction: I saw the movie first, then 2 years after I found the book in Bali I want to give 2 star to this book, mainly because I cannot relate ... Read full review
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Jen August - Goodreads
I listened to the audio version of this book. This book was a little bit challenging. I enjoyed the writing style, employing separate voices and syntax for each character and since this was the audio ... Read full review
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Goodreads
the fist few chapters of 'everything is illuminated' are sprinkled with a comfortably earthy humor, and a lack of Important Srs Bznss that's rather refreshing for a much-lauded litfic sort of novel ...
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Jenny GB - Goodreads
Well, it was okay but not as good as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I could have done without this one. I liked the structure Foer used to tell his story. There are three main narratives. There ... Read full review
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - Lorraine - Goodreads
My feelings for this novel were highly polarized. During the first half particularly, I would laugh out loud and think "brilliant!" Foer's study of the subtle aspects of human behavior edged on genius ... Read full review
Review: Everything Is IlluminatedUser Review - emi Bevacqua - Goodreads
I think I read this years ago but wasn't sure, and I know I saw the movie, but even so after reading it for what was probably the second time, I still feel like I only got half of what was going on in ... Read full review