Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

by Jonathan Foer

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 20, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.

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 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 Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.96 × 5.3 × 0.72 in

Published: March 20, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060529709

ISBN - 13: 9780060529703

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breahtakingly clever and poignant One of the absolute best books I have read in my life - completely gorgeous. What a master of prose Foer is. Though it may be a tad bit difficult to get into it in the beginning, it is more than worth it in the end. Foer makes me proud to be both Jewish and an aspiring author.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving and brilliant. Incidently, I found this book for the first time after it was first published in a bargain bin, for $1.99 CDN. Since then, it's become vastly popular, and was adapted into a film of the same name. Foer takes what would normally be tragic events and renders them into comic situations, narrated by an amusing Polish translator who commands only the weakest grasp on the English language. The point of view switches back and forth between Alex, the translator, Johnathon, the protagonist, as well as an unseen third party that details a rich family history. Easily, a story worth much more than $1.99 CDN.
Date published: 2007-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Book When I saw that Elijah Wood was to be a part of a film called "Everything is Illuminated", I immediately decided that I had to go out and read this novel. Guilty as charged, I'm one of those people who have to read the book before the movie. Anyways, I went into Chapters, bought the book and that afternoon, sat down and began to read. I had been expecting an average novel, your garden-variety piece of Fiction. However, by the second chapter, I was very surprised. This novel was deep, funny, tugged at your heartstrings, and gave you a history lesson. All at the same time! This novel is a modern-day masterpiece. Jonathan Safran Foer's tale is one that is not to be missed. So if you are looking to read a wonderful book, one that you will keep thinking about for weeks after you've read it, read "Everything is Illuminated".
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is the one to pack for that vacation! This novel has an added lightness, compared to other novels about the Holocaust, perhaps because it was written by a third generation survivor, now two generations away from the Shoah.. The author flips between the present and the past as though he's projecting thoughts from his own mind. There is humor in the present situation involving the author at the mercy of two bumblers trying to make a living in modern day Ukraine by offering tours to American Jews returning to visit the land of their parents and grandparents. But since the author cannot possibly reconstruct the past, he fills it in with assumed details, which are probably very close to the truth. The novel, therefore, becomes historical fiction. The descriptions of the lives of the author's ancestors, up to the time of the holocaust, are gripping, humorous and very realistic. Why ,then, have these past lives been mysteriously omitted from the movie? This is one more example of a magical weave of a book that you must read before seeing the movie, and better still, that you must read, period.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overwhelming and Poignant What is more amusing than the anamalous characters, is Foer's way of making every thought and moment in the book feel so close to the reader. He has a way of reaching into you and pushing all the right buttons to make you feel sad for his characters while laughing at their ridiculous ways simultaneously. Since this book was made into a movie, if you haven't seen the movie yet, I would suggest you read the book first. There is so much in the book that the movie misses out on and and doesn't even begin to cover the really touching experiences. Jonathan Safran Foer can bring to you with words what no director could bring to you with images.
Date published: 2006-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant A book has never captivated me as much as this. It starts with laughter and ends with tears. It's a story of family, and of love. By the time you finish you might just have a new favourite book.
Date published: 2006-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Both hilarious and heart wrenching I can't recall another book that made me laugh out loud as much as this book. On the other hand, it's an innovative literary achievement that maintains the ability to bring tears to your eyes. Read this book with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2002-10-15

– More About This Product –

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

by Jonathan Foer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.96 × 5.3 × 0.72 in

Published: March 20, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060529709

ISBN - 13: 9780060529703

From the Publisher

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 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 Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the editor of A Convergence of Birds, and his stories have been published in The Paris Review and The New Yorker. This is his first novel, which appeared on Best Books of 2002 lists internationally, won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and The Guardian First Book Award, and has been published in twenty-four countries.

Editorial Reviews

“A writer of magnificent energy and obvious talent.”(Newark Star Ledger)
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