Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Safran FoerEverything Is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Safran Foer

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

byJonathan Safran Safran Foer

Paperback | April 1, 2003

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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 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.

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 ...
Title:Everything Is Illuminated: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:April 1, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060529709

ISBN - 13:9780060529703


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! This book was extremely heavy in terms of content. I did, however, enjoy the read.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I initially picked it for a class assignment, but I actually really enjoyed. Jonathan Safran Foer's style of writing really gives a new meaning on making words into art.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it but was also a little confused I purchased this book by recommendation of a friend because of my Ukrainian background. While I did enjoy the book, there were times I was a little confused by the history, as well as how the narrative flips back and forth from present to past. Looking at the other reviews, I'll have to brush up on my Ukrainian history and reread it, seeing if that helps at all! Would still give this a recommendation though. Foer's writing is brilliant and shows a perspective many authors lack.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll Wish Your Life Were That Interesting A tale that evokes wanderlust and questions about history and perspective. Simultaneously quirky without being superfluous, and solemn while avoiding tired tropes.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fall in love over and over again This is the book I always want to read when I don't know what to read. It's the book I read and read again while falling in love, while grieving, while falling out of love, while traveling. I keep it with me at all times.
Date published: 2016-03-28
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

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