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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
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Sep 07, 2008

really liked it

Dave Eggers' memoir seems more a conversation with a friend. He uses humor as the cohesive backing in an otherwise tragic tale. The humor is a tool to bridge the distance between what is expected and what reality brings forth. He loyally transcribes his thinking patterns, even inside a single sentence. This ability stands out in Egger's work. In a scene in the book, he looks at himself in a mirror while in a mad search for his lost brother. He says, "I look like a madman and maybe he's dead…" (335).

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