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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 Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated Dutton 2002My what a clever novelIn any case that I imagine is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this And really much about it is clever The comparisons to A Clockwork Orange are completely unwarranted as Alex Foer s Ukrainian hero destroys the English language in a uite different way than does Burgess Alex A less politically correct but conceptually accurate comparison would be Charlie Chan as written by Earl Derr Biggers Foer s intertwining of stories is also uite clever and his use of the two narrators to tell the main storylinesHowever with all the cleverness going on Foer seems to have forgotten in many places to actually insert a novel Threads pick up in odd places and then die with no fanfare never to be resurrected again the story has holes without being told an enough of an impressionist way to allow the reader to fill in enough blanks the characters are obviously there as vehicles to carry off the cleverness instead of being fully realized human beings In other words this is a linguistic roller coaster not a novelNot to say Foer doesn t write well when he forgets about the tricks and applies himself Especially in the novel s last eighty pages there are scenes of great beauty and tragedy that are conveyed in powerful manner that make the reader sit up and take notice The emotionl impact of every last one of them is dramatically undercut by Foer s following each with a needlessly scatological andor pornographic piece of attempted humor each of which fails because of its positioning but the tragic pieces themselves are extremely well written Unfortunately these scenes are all too few One of them is going along swimmingly until he decides to interject a Rick Moody esue three page unpunctuated sentence Horrid And a trick he repeats a couple of times afterwards also throwing in run on words Even horridThe book is billed as a comedy and Foer tries to carry it off as such but when the finest written scenes are those of tragedy it s hard to call it a success as attempted Foer has the makings of a fine dramatic writer once he gets away from being so consciously clever Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose yellowing photograph in hand a Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers young man also named Jonathan Safran Foer sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated Dutton 2002My what a clever novelIn any case that I imagine is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this And really much about it is clever The comparisons to A Clockwork Orange are completely unwarranted as Alex Foer s Ukrainian hero destroys the English language in a uite different way than does Burgess Alex A less politically correct but conceptually accurate comparison would be Charlie Chan as written by Earl Derr Biggers Foer s intertwining of stories is also uite clever and his use of the two narrators to tell the main storylinesHowever with all the cleverness going on Foer seems to have forgotten in many places to actually insert a novel Threads pick up in odd places and then die with no fanfare never to be resurrected again the story has holes without being told an enough of an impressionist way to allow the reader to fill in enough blanks the characters are obviously there as vehicles to carry off the cleverness instead of being fully realized human beings In other words this is a linguistic roller coaster not a novelNot to say Foer doesn t write well when he forgets about the tricks and applies himself Especially in the novel s last eighty pages there are scenes of great beauty and tragedy that are conveyed in powerful manner that make the reader sit up and take notice The emotionl impact of every last one of them is dramatically undercut by Foer s following each with a needlessly scatological andor pornographic piece of attempted humor each of which fails because of its positioning but the tragic pieces themselves are extremely well written Unfortunately these scenes are all too few One of them is going along swimmingly until he decides to interject a Rick Moody esue three page unpunctuated sentence Horrid And a trick he repeats a couple of times afterwards also throwing in run on words Even horridThe book is billed as a comedy and Foer tries to carry it off as such but when the finest written scenes are those of tragedy it s hard to call it a success as attempted Foer has the makings of a fine dramatic writer once he gets away from being so consciously clever

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Everything Is Illuminated

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 One of the nice things about being stoned is the added dimension of humor or profundity that otherwise inconseuential things can assume in our impression of them I remember once having my mind blown at the idea of language and how any two unrelated people having been raised in the same country and while having no connection at all to each other or there being any crossover among those who have taught or influenced them can meet each other one day and have a mutually intelligible conversation Fascinating right Well no not really but it sure as hell seems fascinating when you re highI feel as though the only way I could have read this book and found it as funny and profound as other readers found it is if I were completely and totally baked Everything Is Illuminated is essentially comprised of two narratives interwoven in a nonlinear arrangement The first is the account of a small Jewish settlement in the Ukraine which along with most of its uirky inhabitants is wiped out by the invading Nazis in 1941 The writer of this section is a fictionalized version of Foer himself who is a direct descendant of some of these villagers The second narrative is that of a present day Ukrainian who recounts his experiences with Foer as they try to locate a mysterious woman who Foer believes helped his family escape that aforementioned invasion The Ukrainian whose name is Alex is hired by the fictional Foer as a translator in his endeavorsWhile Alex is the source of much of the book s comedy in his unintentional misuse of the English language the comedic value stemming from this uickly ran dry for me I think there is also an absurdity with which Foer describes the ancestral characters in the Ukrainian village called Trachimbrod but to me most of the uirkiness seemed forced and unnatural and ruined what could have provided an endearing element to the story I mean we re talking about a village wherein characters collect each other s tears in thimbles and send each other pieces of string that match the length of their body parts in order that their recipients be assuaged of any fear that their loved ones have changed BlechAnd then there are the sentences the ones I think are meant to sound deep and awe inspiring but which only come across as shallow and trite in my non Coloradan state of sobriety Sorry Coloradans but I guess that s your thing now Sentences for example like these We burned with love for ourselves all of us starters of the fire we suffered our love was the affliction for which only our love was the cureThey reciprocated the great and saving lie that our love for things is greater than our love for our love for things willfully playing the parts they wrote for themselves willfully creating and believing fictions necessary for lifeShe never ran from his fists but took them went to them certain that her bruises were not marks of violence but of violent loveThe Kolker was trapped in his body like a love note in an unbreakable bottle whose script never fades or smudges and is never read by the eyes of the intended lover forced to hurt the one with whom he wanted most to be gentle Yes there is a lot of talk of love in this book I think JSF wrote it before he got himself hitchedAnyway there is a section toward the end of the novel during which Alex s grandfather reveals an atrocity that occurred in his presence and in which he was involved and that revelation was very heartfelt and exemplifies possibly what JSF can be good at But it wasn t enough to rescue this book from its overall effect of having kind of irritated the crap out of me

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Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English Jonathan is led on a uixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past Sorry but I didn t care for this at all If Mr Nobody wrote a book about himself as the main character and used some uninventive malapropisms to make discussions with a foreigner amusing the book would be tossed But wait Foer went to Yale Unfortunately for me the uality of his writing shows me that nepotism will always beat out merit these days Sorry to be harsh but really I found the writing to be uite poor


10 thoughts on “Everything Is Illuminated

  1. says:

    Sometimes reading makes me so angryDammitI’m a freaking mess I realize this and I accept itUghWhy Jonathan Safran Foer Why Why do you do this to me And why the hell are you so young I know that some call you gimmicky and think that you are just a phosphoresce in the pannikin yes I too have access to Thesauruscom but I justjust spleen them They can read their Anderson and their Coetzee and leave us dreamers alone I am ‘Team Fo

  2. says:

    Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated Dutton 2002My what a clever novelIn any case that I imagine is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this And really much about it is clever The c

  3. says:

    I watched the movie of this first and loved it It was basically a movie about cultural misunderstanding and how people can

  4. says:

    You are burned out So you suggested to your wife that the whole family spend the weekend in a beach resort You left the house in the morning dro

  5. says:

    One of the nice things about being stoned is the added dimension of humor or profundity that otherwise inconseuential things can assume in our impression of them I remember once having my mind blown at the idea of language and how any two unrelated people having been raised in the same country and while having no connection at al

  6. says:

    when it's 120 am and you're thinking about your favorite book of the year so far again and you realize you never posted your review and you just havetohavetohaveto let everyone know how much you loved itHo ly shithttpsemmareadstoomuchwordpresscoThis book was incredible Truly I’ve taken the last hour or two to just kin

  7. says:

    Gimmicks as substance

  8. says:

    Sorry but I didn't care for this at all If Mr Nobody wrote a book about himself as the main character and used some uninventive malapropisms to make discussions with a foreigner amusing the book would be tossed But wait Foer went to Yale Unfortunately for me the uality of his writing shows me that nepotism will always beat out merit these days Sorry to be harsh but really I found the writing to be uite poor

  9. says:

    Funny In a Tragic WayWhat would the English of a bright Ukrainian who had learnt it largely from local pop culture and a thesaurus sound like Hilarious actually Especially in the telling of a tale which has both been told so many t

  10. says:

    Everything Is Illuminated is one of the most focused books I’ve read It doesn’t meander inappropriately and there’s almost no excess Seriously this book’s got less fat than Christian Bale in The Machinist It's either in full on comedy mode full on fanciful mode full on drama mode or some well balanced combination of the three Foer spent years editing the novel from his initial college thesis draft and it shows—

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