Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 1, 2003 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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.

  

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Amazing. Love his writing style. - LibraryThing
Foer's writing style is magical. - LibraryThing
The writing is fluent and engaging as well. - LibraryThing
It's not really about the plot. - LibraryThing
The ending, however, does the novel a disservice. - LibraryThing
And then there is the ending... - LibraryThing

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I really enjoyed the premise of this book and loved the butchered language. This made it so much more interesting, although I could not fully understand some of the words as they were so randomly ... Read full review

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User Review  - jaelikesbooks - LibraryThing

I read this hoping it would illuminate some of the things I was confused by in the movie. It kind of did a little, but then there were more confusing unclear things. It was good, but I struggled to connect with the characters. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
14
Section 4
27
Section 5
36
Section 6
43
Section 7
50
Section 8
52
Section 16
142
Section 17
146
Section 18
165
Section 19
169
Section 20
181
Section 21
194
Section 22
214
Section 23
219

Section 9
56
Section 10
75
Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
105
Section 15
119
Section 24
229
Section 25
240
Section 26
243
Section 27
258
Section 28
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About the author (2003)

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.

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