Sunday, January 30, 2011

Goodreads Review: Everything is Illuminated

Everything Is IlluminatedEverything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The novel is told in three different manners: From the voice of a young Ukrainian, letters from the same Ukrainian to a young American, and through the American's writings for his first novel. The format made for a slow and somewhat disjointed start, but by the end of the novel I appreciated the different perspectives and writing styles.

I think that the recommendations from others lead me to expect more. I kept looking for a deeper meaning in it all, when that really wasn't the point.

Anyway, it's a good read and I would recommend it. I particularly enjoyed the whims and quirks of members of the shetl described in the sections written by the American.

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1 comment:

Tara said...

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is much better