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User Review  - jimrgill - LibraryThing

I suspect that most people, after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel, will consider him either some sort of literary con artist trickster or a brilliant new voice in postmodern fiction. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - vlcraven - LibraryThing

When I first discovered that the writer was using himself as one of the main characters I checked my passports for an ego trip, but it comes off very naturally. There are three stories going on at ... Read full review

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User Review  - davadog13 - LibraryThing

I give this 4 stars but really, by the time I was halfway through the book I was reading the narrator's chapters, and skimming the others. The unique voice kept me riveted, and I think that's the driving forces of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - WorldInColour - LibraryThing

I have hardly ever read a book that was as funny as this one. The story, well, it's loaded with memorable scenes and characters. The writing is fluent and engaging as well. A beauty. Read full review

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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

I loved the sections comprised of Alex's letters and his writing about meeting "the hero." I never quite connected to the sections about the people of Sofiawka/Trachimbrod (I think I have the spelling ... Read full review

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

I know this book is a love-it-or-hate-it type. I know lots of people who said that, after Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is just a knock-off of the same thing. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - TJWilson - LibraryThing

I had no idea that this book was such a trip! The different fantastical styles of writing Foer uses to present a simple journey of discovery really helps the powerful ending. I could not put down the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ImperfectCJ - LibraryThing

It's not a coincidence that I started reading this book during a days-long power outage. By candlelight, of course. Actually, that's a lie. It was a coincidence. I'd gotten it from the library weeks ... Read full review

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Everything Is Illuminated is the first novel by American author, Jonathan Safran Foer. This novel is written in three “voices”. The story of Jonathan Safran Foer’s search, in the Ukraine, for the family who rescued his grandfather from the Nazis during World War Two is narrated by the translator who accompanied him, Alexander Perchov. Alex claims to be “fluid” in English, and enhances his narration with the use of a Thesaurus provided by Jonathan. Jonathan also sends Alex sections of a slightly bizarre novel he is writing about his ancestors, in particular his great great great great great grandmother, and his grandfather. And finally, included are Alex’s letters to Jonathan which relate occurrences in his family’s life, comment on the sections of the novel and respond to corrections to the narrative that Jonathan has suggested. Whilst ultimately a holocaust novel, Safran Foer manages to inject plenty of humour with his characters (the “blind” grandfather driver with his seeing-eye bitch, Sammy Davis Junior, Junior; an ancestor with a blade in his head; a young Ukrainian with an ambition to be an accountant, who is saving to go to America by eschewing nightclubs in favour of the beach), with his fantastic eighteenth century Polish-Ukrainian Jewish shtetl full of whacky inhabitants and customs, and with the often hilarious results of generous if totally misguided use of a Thesaurus. The Thesaurus-enhanced narrative clearly demonstrates the importance of context. Clever, even if it is a bit pretentious.  

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

This is a difficult book to review. Within Everything is Illuminated there are two, interwoven stories; one a straight-forward and mostly humorous, the other a heavily stylized work of magical realism ... Read full review

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