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Schrijft en in de Oekraine op zoek gaat naar een vrouw die zijn grootvader van de Nazi's heeft gered Al spoedig ontwikkelt zich een vriendschap tussen hem en Alex zijn Oekraiense tolk Stukje bij beetje wordt duidelijk welke verschrikkingen zich hier in de oorlog hebben voorgedaan Dat wil niet zeggen dat dit een zwaarmoedig boek is integendeel het boek staat barstensvol komische dramatische en absurde verhalen die met verbazingwekkende vanzelfsprekendheid worden opgedist een beetje a la Garcia Maruez Ook de freuente genrewisselingen proza brieven dromen dagboek maken een volstrekt natuurlijke indruk en dragen bij aan de indruk van lichtheid en feestelijkheid die de lezer ondergaat Lezen kortom. Funny In a Tragic WayWhat would the English of a bright Ukrainian who had learnt it largely from local pop culture and a thesaurus sound like Hilarious actually Especially in the telling of a tale which has both been told so many times and can never be told adeuately the Holocaust There are two protagonists the author a young Jewish man off to find his roots in a now famous but obliterated shtetl near the PolishUkrainian border and a young ambitious lad from a disfunctional family in Odessa who acts as guide and subseuent interlocutor The author writes history of a post modernist sort the lad writes of the trip and comments on the author s text It is these latter comments that are most compelling because they reveal both the essential irrelevance of the destruction of European Jewry to the lives of those who have inherited the unexpurgated guilt of the massacres and the way in which that guilt remains an essential but unspoken feature of life Without the comedic language to make this contradictory point the book would likely fall flat With that language and it s gradual normalisation during the course of the tale the book becomes a story of revelation

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Everything Is Illuminated

In de zomer na zijn afstuderen reist een schrijver naar het oostelijk deel van Europa Everything Is PDF Slechts gewapend met een vergeelde foto gaat hij op zoek naar Augstine de vrouw die al dan niet een schakel is met zijn grootvader die hij nooit heeft gekend de vrouw die zijn grootvader zo is hem verteld uit de handen van de nazi's heeft geredVergezelgd door de onvergetelijke Alex zijn jonge Oekraïnse gids en tolk die behept is met een komisch spraakverwarrend accent maakt Jonathan een donuichotachtige zoektocht door een verwoest landschap terug naar een onverwacht verleden Verweven door dit verhaal is de roman die de schrijver aan het schrijven is een betoverende legende over zijn grootva. Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated Dutton 2002My what a clever novelIn any case that I imagine is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this And really much about it is clever The comparisons to A Clockwork Orange are completely unwarranted as Alex Foer s Ukrainian hero destroys the English language in a uite different way than does Burgess Alex A less politically correct but conceptually accurate comparison would be Charlie Chan as written by Earl Derr Biggers Foer s intertwining of stories is also uite clever and his use of the two narrators to tell the main storylinesHowever with all the cleverness going on Foer seems to have forgotten in many places to actually insert a novel Threads pick up in odd places and then die with no fanfare never to be resurrected again the story has holes without being told an enough of an impressionist way to allow the reader to fill in enough blanks the characters are obviously there as vehicles to carry off the cleverness instead of being fully realized human beings In other words this is a linguistic roller coaster not a novelNot to say Foer doesn t write well when he forgets about the tricks and applies himself Especially in the novel s last eighty pages there are scenes of great beauty and tragedy that are conveyed in powerful manner that make the reader sit up and take notice The emotionl impact of every last one of them is dramatically undercut by Foer s following each with a needlessly scatological andor pornographic piece of attempted humor each of which fails because of its positioning but the tragic pieces themselves are extremely well written Unfortunately these scenes are all too few One of them is going along swimmingly until he decides to interject a Rick Moody esue three page unpunctuated sentence Horrid And a trick he repeats a couple of times afterwards also throwing in run on words Even horridThe book is billed as a comedy and Foer tries to carry it off as such but when the finest written scenes are those of tragedy it s hard to call it a success as attempted Foer has the makings of a fine dramatic writer once he gets away from being so consciously clever

Jonathan Safran Foer Á 9 Summary

Ders dorp een sjtel in de Oekraïne een lappendeken van verbijsterende overeenkomsten die de generaties door de tijd heen verbindtGepassioneerd vol verbeeldingskracht en gekenmerkt door een onuitwisbare humaniteit Alles is verlicht ontgint de zwarte gaten in de geschiedenis en is uiteindelijk een verhaal over het zoeken naar mensen en plaatsen die niet langer bestaan naar verborgen waarheden die iedere familie overschaduwen en over de broze maar noodzakelijke verhalen die verleden en de toekomst met elkaar verbindenMet Jonathan Safran Foer USA heeft de literatuur er een meesterverteller bij In zijn eerste roman maken we kennis met de ik figuur die dezelfde naam draagt als de schrijver ook zelf. You are burned out So you suggested to your wife that the whole family spend the weekend in a beach resort You left the house in the morning drove the whole day and arrived at the resort few hours before the sunset You dropped your things donned your beach wear went barefoot and hurriedly went straight to the shore The sand is not sugar like but the pain is bearable The wind is a bit cold and it gives you slight chills You dip your feet into the water It is still lukewarm since the sun is just about to set You start to swim Then you notice how beautiful the sun is The kaleidoscope of colors yellow orange bright orange red reddish orange It s like God s canvas spluttered with beautiful colors You feel mesmerized Sunset is always breathtaking and you find yourself staring at it perplexed and speechless You are there standing you feel the small stones piercing your soles With wet hair your wet clothes on the water drips to your skin With the afternoon sea breeze softly blowing you feel cold You feel the discomfort but you don t care You go on standing You go on staring You want to see the finality of the sunset Slowly slowly Down Down Until it s gone DarknessBut you remain standing You want to see what comes next The shore is part of the bay and you can see lights starting to flicker from the nearby island The fishermen light up the gas lamps on the boats You look up at the sky The crescent shaped moon starts to appear over at the horizon And the countless stars twinkle as if they are smiling at you The small insects start to swarm and bite you swat them with your hands You feel the stones poking your skin You start to shiver from cold But you feel happy as you have just witness an unspeakable beauty Something that we tend to ignore as we rush through our daily lives A celebration of life A miracle You feel utterly happy Blissful Joyous This is exactly how I felt reading Jonathan Safran Foer s debut novel Everything is IlluminatedAmazing


10 thoughts on “Everything Is Illuminated

  1. says:

    Sometimes reading makes me so angryDammitI’m a freaking mess I realize this and I accept itUghWhy Jonathan Safran Foer? Why? Why do you do th

  2. says:

    Jonathan Safran Foer Everything Is Illuminated Dutton 2002My what a clever novelIn any case that I imagine is what Jonathan Safran Foer kept saying as he was writing this And really much about it is clever The comparisons to A Clockwork Orange are completely unwarranted as Alex Foer's Ukrainian hero destroys the English language in a uite different way than does Burgess' Alex A less politically correct but conceptually accurate c

  3. says:

    I watched the movie of this first and loved it It was basically a movie about cultural misunderstanding and how people can be cruel without really knowing it It is a story about what happens when you put an American and someone born

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    You are burned out So you suggested to your wife that the whole family spend the weekend in a beach resort You left the house in the morning drove the whole day and arrived at the resort few hours before the sunset You dropped your things donned your beach wear went barefoot and hurriedly went straight to the shore The sand is not sugar like but the pain is bearable The wind is a bit cold and it gives you slight chills You dip yo

  5. says:

    One of the nice things about being stoned is the added dimension of humor or profundity that otherwise inconseuential things can assum

  6. says:

    when it's 120 am and you're thinking about your favorite book of the year so far again and you realize you never

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    Gimmicks as substance

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    Sorry but I didn't care for this at all If Mr Nobody wrote a book about himself as the main character and used some uninventive malapropisms to make discussions with a foreigner amusing the book would be tossed But wait Fo

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    Funny In a Tragic WayWhat would the English of a bright Ukrainian who had learnt it largely from local pop culture and a thesaurus sound like? Hilarious actually Especially in the telling of a tale which has both

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    Everything Is Illuminated is one of the most focused books I’ve read It doesn’t meander inappropriately and there’s almost no excess Seriously this book’s got less fat than Christian Bale in The Machinist It's either in full on comedy mode full on fanciful mode full on drama mode or some well balanced combination of the three Foer spent years editing the novel from his initial college thesis draft an