Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First Mariner Books edition
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Follows a young writer as he travels to Eastern Europe on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future.
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2015
Edition: First Mariner Books edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780544484009
Branch Call Number: F FOE NVD
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustration ; 21 cm


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With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man sets out to find the woman who might or might 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 Ukrain... Read More »

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Aug 18, 2018

This is a great book. I interpret the title as casting light on the Holocaust. There are other references to light, like the bronzed corpse with a disk serving as a sun dial. The book is fantastic, funny, tragic, and insightful.

Some people deny that there was a Holocaust; bigotry is rampant. An anti-Semite is running for the U. S. House from Clay county, Missouri. See this post from August 10, 1018: http://www.kcur.org/post/republican-house-candidate-clay-county-spews-vile-anti-semitic-rants-radio#stream/0. This book illuminates bigotry.

This website helped me understand the novel: https://www.shmoop.com/everything-is-illuminated/

Feb 17, 2018

Super confusing book. I found it really hard to follow.

Jun 08, 2017

This playaway did not alloy me to listen the last chapers. Im disappointed that I couldn't finish this story.

Sep 01, 2016

Recently re-read this book after loving it as a young adult. The writing is still very poignant but less striking than it was 10 years ago. This book strikes an interesting balance between fiction/nonfiction storytelling styles and multiple perspectives. Definitely a worthy read - I will continue to read Foer's work!

Dec 11, 2015

I have a passionate, possibly irrational hatred of this book. Here's Triumph the Insult Dog's review: "Everything is illuminated. . .for me to poop on!"

Jun 15, 2015

I loved this book! If you've seen and liked the movie, the book is ten times better (as they usually are).

Start reading the book in a Ukrainian accent. It makes it much more enjoyable :)

Jun 14, 2015

This book is very different than you think it would be! It will make you laugh out loud at times and cry at times! Worth checking out!

Dec 20, 2014

Foer's complex novel is an admirable achievement in tackling themes of memory and complicity in the Holocaust. But his attempt to synthesize two very different styles, each written by a different character--one of whom is Foer himself--falls short. The historical sections that delve back to the 18th century history of a Ukrainian village are written through a veil of magical realism, while the absurdist narrative provided by the novel's modern-day Ukrainian guide is a hilarious gem of cross-cultural miscommunication. The two alternating styles never really blend together. The film version wisely sticks to just the latter part of the novel.

Oct 29, 2013

I have a passionate, possibly irrational hatred of this book. Here's Triumph the Insult Dog's review: "Everything is illuminated. . .for me to poop on!"

brianreynolds Sep 05, 2013

The quest for a person's family history contains within it both a curiosity and a vanity that I have never fully understood or appreciated. That said, Jonathan Safran Foer's debut novel <i>Everything Is Illuminated</i> appealed to me mainly on the basis of the humour in translator Alex's fractured English and the pathos of the Holocaust revisited. In the end, since Alex's facility to communicate improved as the book progressed and the horror of Nazi atrocities became surreal without some sort of historical or plot-driven substance, the cleverness of the typography and language became increasingly distracting. The characters became decreasingly interesting. The irony became progressively uncomfortable and, unfortunately, regressively wrenching.

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