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Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Mar 13, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, magical-realism
Read in March, 2012

Heart-breakingly comical, gut wrenching, & sweet by turns. Clever & brilliantly written. A young Jewish man by the same name as the author searches for the truth about his Holocaust-era Ukranian ancestors, guided by a Ukranian local named Alex with his own family demons (historical & modern) to deal with. Alex's "blind" grandfather (their driver) and his "deranged seeing-eye bitch" Sammy Davis, Jr., Jr. are along for the ride. Hilarity & heartbreak ensue.
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