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Everything Is Illuminated (2002 original; edició 2003)

de Jonathan Safran Foer (Autor)

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Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with episodes of great tragedy -- and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.… (més)
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Títol:Everything Is Illuminated
Autors:Jonathan Safran Foer (Autor)
Informació:Penguin Books (2003), Edition: 17th, 288 pages
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A strange book. Intermittently hilarious and tragic. I cried, and I laughed. This has only happened when reading very few other books, some inferior, others on the same level of innovation and ravishing emotion.

If you necessitate a motive to examine this volume: It was comic. Scratch that: It was comic, and completely, utterly draining. Poignant. Honest in the most dishonestly clever way.

Perhaps that is why it is called Illuminated. By the end we will see Alex in all of his glorious multifaceted complexity, and we will understand why the heroes’ ancestors did what they did and yearned for their children to know this, too. Everything does get more illuminated as the story moves on. Perhaps this is a story of illumination—of remembrance, really, which is the sixth sense of the Jew. Perhaps this is simply a story of Jewish mysticism and storytelling (but it is not, no it is not,) a story of pervasive knowledge in the face of death and violence and ignorance.

But it is not only that.

I wanted to finish this book knowing what Everything was. Perhaps that is why Jonathan left us on a cliff. He set a trap for us. He knew we’d want to know, and that we’d buy his book wanting to know and read it wanting to know and love it wanting to know, until he would make sure that we’d be coming back for more. Wanting to know.

This is a conversation between two heroes that we want to know, from head to toe. Read it for two scratch that, three reasons: It’s hilarious, it’s heartrending, and it will leave you wanting illumination.

Wanting in a good way, that is.
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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Well there are good bits. The Alex voice at the beginning made it hard to read for me. Not very convincing, only funny in bits. I enjoyed some of the mythical cyclical shtetl. It really can be whatever we want it to be since it is so obliterated. But there was too much of everything without enough justification. The author as character, why? ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
I had to put this book down. I've read and enjoyed Foer's other books, but this one did nothing for me. ( )
  wagnerkim | Jul 21, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book and sometimes it would let me for a little bit. But just when I would start to feel emotionally involved with the characters and situations Foer would ramp up the drama so high and so quickly that I would roll my eyes, check out again, and hope for more from the next part. I do think that the author has a real talent for tragedy (but really none for comedy) and I would like to see him tackle pain on a smaller, more intimate stage instead of going right for something monstrous and huge like the Holocaust. However since his next book was about 9/11 I guess I'll have to wait longer to read the emotionally devastating book about some random, unimportant family drama that he would really excel at writing. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
I did not care for this book I gave it two shots, once reading it and once listening to it and I could not get into it. I did not like the voice of the ESL narrator - Alex. ( )
  MAR67 | May 5, 2021 |
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Foer, Jonathan Safranautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Abelsen, PeterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bocchiola, MassimoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Petkoff, RobertNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Shina, ScottNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Woodman, JeffNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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FOR MY FAMILY
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My legal name is Alexander Perchov.
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One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.
The only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad.
What is wrong with you?
Nothing, I just don't eat meat!
Grandfather informs me that is not possible.
With writing, we have second chances.
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Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with episodes of great tragedy -- and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

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