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How We are Hungry by Dave Eggers
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Apr 27, 12

Read from April 20 to 27, 2012

Everytime I start an Eggers book I start to get that bad taste in my mouth. You know the one. The taste of cute cleverness, tricks and gimmicks. But by the time I finish his books I'm about half in love. What he does so well, tricks and gimmicks aside (and some of them really ARE damn clever) is give his readers a mainline dose of pathos. He somehow takes death/dissapointment/frustration/anxiety and wraps it up with an unadulterated exuberance for life. When someone dies in an Eggers story (or when a dog loses a leg, for example) we understand that it's a sad thing, but we also understand that the capacity for sadness means that we are alive, and life is a joyous thing.

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