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Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Nothing happens in this book, but it's also about life. A crumbling marriage; a Jewish boy on the brink of manhood; a natural disaster in Israel; innuendos with no physical sex; an old and dying dog. I did not care about the crumbling marriage. But I very much liked the family dynamics, especially when the Israelis appeared. I hated the excessive details on masturbation. I loved the background news reports from Israel. I hated the adults, and loved the children. I can't tell you much that happened—not much did happen—but was attracted to the ways the prose defined it.

In scanning other reviews, I seem to be in the minority. They thought the story dragged when the Israel conflict arose, but that's when I feel the novel truly begins. That's probably a combination of a massive dislike of crumbling-relationship plotlines and a love of Israel itself. Too much whining and not enough Israelis, if you ask me.

I liked it, I think. Or parts of it. Sometimes.

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Reading Progress

December 26, 2016 – Shelved
December 26, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 3, 2019 – Started Reading
October 28, 2019 – Finished Reading

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