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Dan

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  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (235)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    Chris says: "Heartfelt, fun, but slightly plodsome."
    "Superb"
    Overall

    We first saw the movie which was excellent but in spite of this, the book was recommended by my son as it is very different from the cinema version.

    The movie has been "cleaned up" in terms of language and much of the writer's polyphonic style simply didn't show up.

    The book keeps all of the themes going at the same time - working from the present and working from the past and meeting in the nazi decimation of Jewish life in the Ukraine. Very powerful - yet Foer keeps an always, ever-slight humor embellishing the work.

    The two narrators are simply fantasic and it makes the "reading" even easier to formulate pictures in one's mind.

    Highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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