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Everything is Illuminated & Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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[NB: 2-in-1 edition]

Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer's stunning debut, tells the story of a young Jewish American's quixotic journey into an unexpected past. An arresting blend of high comedy and great tragedy, it is about searching for people and places that no longer exist, for the hidden truths that haunt every family, and for the delicate but necessary t
Hardcover, Houghton 2 Works edition, 656 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Everything is Illuminated

The only thing worse than being sad is for other to know that you are sad.

The bruises go away, and so does how you hate, and so does the feeling that everything you receive in this life is something you have earned.

Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.

I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on.

Love is the immovability of truth.

She was so bea
Jun 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
I gave this book away after reading the first two chapters. I just didn't like it...
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had first discovered "Everything is Illuminated" through a friend. She had the film version of this book and at the time I did not realize it was originally a book.

"Everything is Illuminated" depicts many emotions, in my opinion the feeling of being lost, sad and uncertain are at the forefront but, there are comical moments that help to lighten the mood of this story.

I found that there were three main characters, Grandfather (the driver for a tour guide company) Sasha (translator/grandson),
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i am challenging myself to read as much as i can out of the 1001 books you must read before you die.
And it came as no surprise to me that this book made the list.
I saw the film adaptation of 'Everything is Illuminated' screenplay and direction by Liev Schreiber first before i read the book... Sure there are things altered in the movie but i think both versions are equally as interesting and moving.

Jonathan Safran Foer is an extremely talented writer...beyond his years.
His novel 'Everything is Il
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I haven't actually read this edition ... I've read both of these books (the first three times, the second only once) and they are stunning. Jonathan Safran Foer is my all-time favorite writer, and my best friend convinced me that I needed this fancy schmancy copy of the two books in one. I can't guarantee that I'll ever lug around the hardcover, 630 page book in order to read it, but the idea of it nestling perfectly into my bookshelf (next to its paperback counterparts, no less) was too perfect ...more
Donna Doth schneider
This book is hard to understand with two stories going on and in two different eras. The middle to the end of the book was great but the ending was disappointing! I am talking about the illuminated book
Nawal Hashim
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
cried like a baby. for the second time.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do not see how to add this to my book count given that I read it in January of this year. Thus a different edition. Same claim: review to come.

I still need to read Everything is Illuminated.
Lindsay Schultz
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hard to follow. I'd like to read it again when I'm less busy
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Потрясающая книга! Настолько пронзительно написано и оригинально оформлено, что не мог оторваться!
Emily Vankleeck
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved the"voices" of each character, but it was hard for me to keep switching back and forth so abruptly. Oskar was easy to spot. It was more difficult for me keep the grandfather, his deceased son, and his grandson on track, since they were out of chronological order.. I had to keep going back to the page before and then thinking it through to get by bearings. Otherwise I would have given this 5 stars. It probably didn't help that I was reading in spurts on my phone. So, there was no c ...more
Silli Hajjah
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a story of healing. Of forgiveness, I think. Of letting go and taking it all. It's a story that left you a little bit empty but relieved. Or I guess it won't left you at all, because you will now growing with the story inside your hearts. It's a story that make you want to watching a bit more, to hear a lot more, to say more, of people, of your surroundings, of everything. Because who knows if tonight's going the last. (Also, it's not unnecessary saying I ...more
Ro Esterhazy
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was probably rhe most revaltory experiences of my literary life since A Clockwork Orange. The language, the humor, the journey through time and ancestry. The clash od the Old World and New, which is a particular fixation of mine.
Rissa Flores
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, with-review
I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Review) last year and I was blown away, so I definitely had expectations for Everything is Illuminated . Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Without a doubt, it was another Jonathan Safran Foer masterpiece.

The novel is about a man named Jonathan, who travels to Ukraine to find a woman named Augustine, who saved his grandfather's life back in WWII. Upon arrival, he meets a Ukranian man named Alex, who acts as his translator, Alex's grandfather an
Karen Sage
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - what an endearing story - i was concerned that it would be somewhat taking advantage of 9/11 and the terrible tragedy that occurred, but it was an endearing tale about a little boy and his brilliant mind. Really enjoyed his thought process, the build up of the characters and the search for the key.

Everything is Illuminated - weird, not as good to me as the other, but still very interesting characters developed. Strange the way the author became part of th
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel I do not need to review this, as I read both individually. However, I will add for those who have only watched the films, READ the books! Please! My 11 year old daughter watched Everything Is Illuminated and she was terribly upset by the ending. I told her to pick up my copy of the book & read it & she would not be sad or upset by it. Same goes for the other book turned film. Again, I told her read the book, there were so many levels untouched by the screenplay & I thought she ...more
Kim Williams
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually read Extremely Loud first. Being one of those New Yorkers who lived through the nightmarish day that was 9/11 and the awful days and weeks that followed, I like to read other people's take on the events of those times. This book drew me right in to the mind of a child trying to cope with a loss that was too big for many adults to handle. The image of the falling man is a central image, one seared in our collective minds following the tragedy. The other work in this collection took a b ...more
Daniel Patrick
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Both books absolutely fantastic, with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close being the better of the two, by a tiny margin. The first time I read Foer, he reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut. Same ability to create tight little situations, (the second of these books really reminds me of Mother Night, for some reason,) but without as much of the zany humour. Having said that, he's a stunning writer and I can't wait for him to out something new out. (It's been a long wait!)
Rae Hittinger
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
It has been a little while since I read this- but I recall quite enjoying this book. It has some really interesting 'modern' elements to it that don't feel gimicky at all - rathger they are interesting and exciting and new. One interesting aspect is the letter writing between the subject and the narrator/author. The characters are really interesting. A great read. Very powerful & interesting.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
I have read both of these books. I gave Everything is Illuminated a 4/5 stars, and gave Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close a 5/5 stars, because it's my favorite book.

I own this copy, but haven't read the two books out of this edition. I read them in their individual copies. Was just going through my Goodreads and noticed that I hadn't added this one though.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Engaging book with engaging characters. The story of a tragic historical event intermingled with humor from narrative of improperly translated English of young Ukraine character and comedy of errors that unfold during search by a young American author to find the woman who saved his grandfather during the Holocaust.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished Everything is Illuminated. It is a perfect exaple of Jewish literature since it has a good combination of the following ingrediants: magic realism, tradition, rememberance, temporal disparity, story in a story, paralell storytelling, some Eastern Europe, love, duty, friendship, drama.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for reasons different from the average reader. I did not like any of the characters whatsoever. The child seemed off a tick and was just strange to me. His decisions I could not relate with whatsoever. But The content in the book, the way it was written and brought together was fantastic. I recommend it. I do
Ann Laudisio
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this because I want to see the Tom Hanks. Very disappointed in the story. Seemed very choppy and unrealistic. Almost made the little boy a charicature. Not going to look for the movie either.
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I just finished "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and have to say I was not a fan. I did not like some of the characters and the plot. However I forced myself to finish it because I do not like stopping halfway and leaving a book unfinished.
Emma Refvem
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Both books were just wonderful. I like the way JSF packs his story with history and love and emotion, and that I'm never quite sure what order everything happens in or who is talking at any point.
Very moving book. Writing style unusual.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewels
Someone read me the first chapter of this aloud whilst I was lying in bed with the flu and I wrote in my diary later how 'they read me into the most beautiful book I'd ever heard'
Clare Saxon ghauri
these should be in hotel drawers instead of the bible
Suzanne Skelly
Nov 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting approach to the blight of the Jewish villages in the Ukraine during World War II. Jumped between history and present tense which was sometimes confusing.
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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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