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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
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Jan 08, 12

Read in April, 2010

Eggars first book is a memoir about raising himself and his kid brother up after loosing both parents. It was a runner up for the Pulitzer, and is an interesting account of a rule breaking, non-conformist life told in a rule breaking, non-conformist style. Everything about the book, from the copyright page to the lengthy post script called Mistakes we Knew we Were Making, is created with the intent of challenging presumptions about story and character. Sometimes this was interesting and creative, other times it came off as a gimmick and too strident. A 'play my game my way or else,' kind of thing. Still, the writing was, for all the pretense of the title, sometimes quite staggering, and it contained little gems of genius. I recommend the book, but I prefer his other work.
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