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Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Jun 12, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, favorites, stuck-with-me
Recommended for: those who appreciate magical realism, those with interest in holocaust history
Read in August, 2008

Foer's novel mixes magically realistic images with the ugly truth of the impact of the Nazi occupation on tiny Ukraine villages. His novel is reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marqeuz's Love in the Time of Cholera as Jonathan Safran (as the "hero" of the novel) recounts the stories of his ancestors and their sexual exploits, and the various manifestations of love.

Friendship is a theme, as Jonathan, and his Ukrainian interpreter, Alex, develop bonds through their shared journey into the past, which will never be broken. Family and heritage play a major role in the plot of the novel, as well, as war survivors, repressing their past lives, find liberation in the unconditional acceptance of those who love them and embrace them, despite their flaws.

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