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.
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