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janey
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"Everything is Illuminated"


  

          

By Jonathan Safran Foer.

For those who haven't heard, Pete has been encouraging a number of us to read this book and several of us have taken him up on the suggestion.

I think the intention is to have a discussion about the book, so I'm going to only give a brief synopsis and my very general comments about it, and I hope that others who have read it will sharpen the focus of the discussion.

Everything is Illuminated is the story of a young man's (named Jonathan Safran Foer) trip to a small town the Ukraine in search of the people who helped save his grandfather from the Nazis, told from several perspectives: First, from the perspective of his impromptu tour guide and peer, Alex, relating the narrative as it unfolds; second, the letters from Alex to Jonathon, discussing the segments of the story that each has sent to the other; and finally, as an allegorical story taking place from 1791 - 1943 in the village Jonathon was seeking.

It's a first novel, and it's quite clever. The voices are distinctive and well-realized, and there are many pieces of the book that are delightful and many that are thoughtful. It's absolutely worth reading.

And Foer may have overreached a little bit. It's hard to take a comic novel and turn it into a tragedy. He almost succeeds, almost. But not quite. But I do not begrudge him the effort. It's still a better written book than many. And I think that Foer is a writer to watch. (I'm interested now to read his collection of writings inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, but I'm also a big lover of Cornell. Huge fan of Cornell.)

I have at home a couple of scrabbled notes on moments that I loved and that really worked for me in the book, and I'll bring them into the discussion later, if appropriate.

Who else has read this one?

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~ ~ ~
All meetings end in separation
All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
- The Buddha

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='_'=

Every hundred years, all new people

  

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Everything is Illuminated [View all] , janey, Wed Jun-26-02 08:20 AM
 
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RE: Everything is Illuminated
Jun 26th 2002
1
RE: Everything is Illuminated
Jun 26th 2002
2
No thanks
Jun 26th 2002
3
fair enough
Jun 26th 2002
5
      On Roth
Jun 26th 2002
7
           yes but
Jun 26th 2002
8
           RE: yes but
Jun 26th 2002
10
                Contemporary fiction
Jun 26th 2002
11
                query:
Jun 26th 2002
12
                     RE: query:
Jun 26th 2002
13
                          how do you figure?
Jun 27th 2002
16
                               RE: how do you figure?
Jun 27th 2002
17
                                    for "true"...
Jun 27th 2002
21
                                         re: eggers & contemporary authors
Jun 30th 2002
26
                                              just bought "a heartbreaking work..."
Jul 01st 2002
32
                                                   Eggers and Co.
Jul 02nd 2002
37
                                                        RE: Eggers and Co.
Jul 02nd 2002
38
                                                             Interesting
Jul 02nd 2002
39
                                                                  RE: Interesting
Jul 02nd 2002
40
                                                                       eh?
Jul 02nd 2002
41
                                                                            RE: eh?
Jul 02nd 2002
44
           correction
Jun 27th 2002
15
I will get deeply into this tomorrow
Jun 26th 2002
4
yes.
Jun 26th 2002
6
Sasha's commentaries
Jun 26th 2002
9
Fuck
Jun 26th 2002
14
Ok, I haven't gotten the call so let me see
Jun 27th 2002
18
a fan's notes
Jun 27th 2002
19
A FAN'S NOTES....
Jun 27th 2002
20
      I'll give it a whirl
Jun 27th 2002
22
           RE: I'll give it a whirl
Jun 27th 2002
23
                erk
Jun 28th 2002
24
                     RE: erk
Jun 30th 2002
27
                          I'm halfway through
Jul 01st 2002
29
                               RE: I'm halfway through
Jul 01st 2002
30
                                    Have you read
Jul 01st 2002
31
Here's what I think my issue is
Jul 01st 2002
33
Donde esta Mally
Jun 28th 2002
25
i replied, Pete
Jul 01st 2002
28
      I missed that shit
Jul 01st 2002
34
           what I think
Jul 01st 2002
35
haven't read it.
Jul 01st 2002
36
RE: haven't read it.
Jul 02nd 2002
42
      sorry,
Jul 02nd 2002
43
           RE: sorry,
Jul 02nd 2002
45

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