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Everything Is Illuminated
Everything Is Illuminated
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
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 w...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060529703
ISBN-10: 0060529709
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 327 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Patouie avatar reviewed Everything Is Illuminated on + 131 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I just love the language jokes, both subtle and unsubtle, inherent in the character of the translator. The first 3/4 of the book had me laughing delightedly so often that I almost rated it up there with Catch-22. The last part of the book took on a more dream-like, esoteric quality, and while I still liked the book very much, I don't give it 5 stars. But if you love language, don't miss this one. It was fun being aware of all kinds of things that the narrator was missing. Takes a lot of skill to write that delicately.
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Helpful Score: 5
Upon reading this book, I found my new favorite contemporary author. The introspection of the author in a semi-autobiographical fashion really grabbed me. I just had to make it through the first 50 pages, which at times annoyed, and bored slightly. Get through that, and you'll find the gem I did. This is the only piece that takes away 1/2 star for me. It had me laughing, crying, and wanting to throw the book across the room - something I had not felt since reading Pearl S. Buck's book "The Good Earth" in high school. Years ago...
Yoni avatar reviewed Everything Is Illuminated on + 327 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is one of those either get it, or you don't. I think it was so clever, so magical, so intelligently written, both funny and devastatingly sad at the same time. This is a beautiful book like nothing I have ever read before.
Naiche avatar reviewed Everything Is Illuminated on + 91 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
It's an interesting idea, and I liked the concept of this conversation between writers, but the book didn't come together for me at all. I kept being annoyed by little things and getting thrown out of the story of the book. The worst part was the faked bad English, which was very badly faked. I kept stopping reading and I would think to myself "there's no way someone learning English could make a mistake like this - you have to already know English well to draw this connection." I also disliked the contrast between the absurdist shetl faux family history and the realistic Ukranian search for family history - I don't mind absurdism, but the contrast made that whole side of the story seem really pointless.
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Helpful Score: 2
I am not a huge fan of Foer but did like his other book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, better than this one. I suppose if you are "into" this kind of (family/Jewish/East European) history, it would be very interesting, but I thought he went on a bit and he lost my interest.
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woodworm avatar reviewed Everything Is Illuminated on + 92 more book reviews
just wasn't my cuppa.
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An interesting read. I like the way Foer plays with language, especially with the character Alex. The ending is a bit disappointing, though . . . I liked his second book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" much better.
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I thought that this book starts out a little confusing. Once I figured out the different story lines that were going on, it was an enjoyable read. There are some serious parts in the book that I did not expect because of the light way that the story starts. The end was shocking. I did not expect what happened.
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Creative work and some very funny dialogue, thanks to Thesaurus. It got a bit bogged down for me towards the end, however.
Farmerswife avatar reviewed Everything Is Illuminated on + 52 more book reviews
Foer writes with a unique style that sucked me into the story. As would be expected, the book is even better than the movie.