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Review: Everything Is Illuminated

Editorial Review - - Rob Cline

Warning: The reading of this book may cause intense desire to join a book group and discuss gasp actual themes. In EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, the talented author Jonathan Safran Foer introduces the reader to the fictional character Jonathan Safran Foer, an American who journeys to Ukraine in search of the woman he believes saved his grandfather's life during World War II. Foer is not the primary ... Read full review

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User Review  - drenglish - LibraryThing

Safran Foer gives the impression of being someone whose parents never ceased telling him, from an early age, how clever and adorable he was. And who has never ceased believing it, and never ceased ... Read full review

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User Review  - thebookmagpie - LibraryThing

Ugh, no. The writing was juvenile (I mean, I know he was younger than I am now when he wrote this, but COME ON). I am severely turned off by body function humour - I just don't like it. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - closetedlibrarian - LibraryThing

So, I've just begun to read Everything Is Illuminated. I went upstairs into Nate's room and borrowed it upon his suggestion a day earlier, when I was fumbling through a book I stash in my purse for ... Read full review


User Review  - Kirkus

Comedy and pathos are braided together with extraordinary skill in a haunting debut, a tale that depicts, with riveting intensity and originality, a young Jewish American writer's search for his ... Read full review

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User Review  - npl - LibraryThing

This imaginative first novel intertwines three stories about a man with the same name as the author. The various plots are well orchestrated and provide a satisfying blend of tragedy and comedy. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - atheist_goat - LibraryThing

Look, somebody has to say it. This book needed an editor to go at it with a pair of gardening shears and then tell Safran Foer to come back to it when he's grown up. It is so, so immature. I staggered ... Read full review

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User Review  - sjrp103 - LibraryThing

I just didn't get this book. I tried so hard to understand but was very frustrated when I was reading it. I do think, however, that it is worth a second try at least. Read full review

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THIS BOOK IS AWESOME AND THE MOVIE! I love the old man! this book is very warm and interesting you can't put the book down.

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User Review  - lanusic - LibraryThing

I saw movie, I hope to read this book. Read full review

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