A monumental new audiobook from the best-selling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, "Abraham!" before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, "Here I am". Later, when Isaac calls out, "My father!" before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, "Here I am".
How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others'? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in 11 years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.
Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that listeners and critics loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer's most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer's stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers in America.
©2016 Jonathan Safran Foer (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Unfortunately for me too much unnecessary vulgar language, so I can not recommend to my friends and associates. Not his best work, but I appreciate Foer's insightful view into modern Judaism.
The narration was great, and the story is really interesting. I'm not sure this is the best book for the audio book format. The author changes place, character and time several times in critical periods of the story. in text, he uses "space" to note the changes. In the audio book format those changes are not always clear, or become clear once you already missed a point.
If this book doesn't get you thinking deeply about life, love, religion, family and loss nothing will. The chaotic timeline answers some questions not asked and present many that you're sure won't be answered, but are. Foer is an amazing writer and Fliakos is the best of the best, performing the text more than reading it. Get this book. You won't regret it.
Enjoyed this so much that I bought the physical book as well - since I only listen to audio during the commute to work. Glad I did the combination of Audible and Physical since the Narrator did a really good job with the voices - especially that of Grandpa Irv.
I am so disappointed at the narrator choice for this book, which I have long been awaiting. While he is generally a very good narrator, his mispronunciation of nearly every Hebrew or Yiddish word he encounters is so jarring and distracting, I am thinking of returning the audiobook and waiting until I have time to read in print. That the producers did not consider how important a natural flow of authentic American Jewish use of words like siddur, bris, kiddush or Israeli names like Noam or Yael (which have two syllables, not one) is surprising given that the content is Rothian in it's self-conscious Jewishness.
The writing is brilliant and the pacing is masterful.
Not for a book by this author or any other book that required accents.
I hope you fix it!
Loved this book. A modern-day Odyssey of a American-Jewish family, we watch Jacob struggle with his wife, his spirituality and his personhood.
The narrator did a fantastic job of embodying such a large cast of characters.
The ending brought it together and left me satisfied, but the ups and downs had me loving or hating it along the way. Yes it was deep and the dialogue and personal style of the secrets shared by the characters had almost a philosophical edge...but many points in the book I thought went on too long an others not long enough. It allowed me to reflect occasionally, but maybe I wasn't close enough to the circumstances to truly feel the love for this story.
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Amazing writing and capturing what it means to be Jew"ish" in America today. I was mesmerized
The humor. If you are not Jewish, or not familiar with the Jewish expreince, it may not make much sense to you.
Both, which rarely happens. I fond myself laughing out loud on my commute. Some portions of the book were just tragic.
One of the best books I've listened too in a very long time. The reader was great, but he does struggle with pronunciations of Hebrew.
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