Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

I love a book that sucks me into the stories of others, to the minds of others, to a different world, and that is exactly what this book has done. The writing is original, funny, creative – I found myself laughing aloud and crying inside. Jonathan Safran Foer has done a remarkable job of placing his reader in a historical time (shtetls, the holocaust, present day Ukraine) that is blended with the stories he creates to surround it. The narrator’s voice and character combine to draw us into the story, create ongoing suspense, as we only hope that he will also lead us to an end of some sort. There is history, sex, love, loss, fantasy, philosophy - all tied into one. Read it!


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