Everything is Illuminated

by Jonathan Safran Foer | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060529709 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Dauw of Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on 5/22/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by Dauw from Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The famous novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. *One of* his famous novels, even.

Journal Entry 2 by Dauw at OBCZ Hotel De Doelen in Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (5/22/2018 UTC) at OBCZ Hotel De Doelen in Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands


Left it at the OBCZ shelf.

Journal Entry 3 by wingengelsmanwing at Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, October 09, 2018
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man -- also named Jonathan Safran Foer -- sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by the memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.

Picked this up at OBCZ Hotel De Doelen as part of my "leave one, take one" philosophy, and this looked sufficiently different to fit my quirky tastes.

It does take a bit of getting into. One thread of the story is set in a very Jewish Ukrainian stetl at the end of the 1700s; one thread consists of letters written by Alex, who regularly uses the wrong word from a thesaurus in his translations to English (I still don't know what "spleened" should really be); and the third thread follows a road trip through the Ukraine where Alex plays down the negative things said to Jonathan when he translates.

It's all a bit confusing, and a bit exaggerated (and reminded me of The Tin Drum by Günther Grass) but it does all come together in a whirlwind of revelations at the end.

Journal Entry 4 by wingengelsmanwing at Hôtel des Roches in Kourou, Guyane France on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Released 11 mos ago (10/15/2018 UTC) at Hôtel des Roches in Kourou, Guyane France


Left on the guests' bookshelf in the lobby

[Release entry relocated from Guyane Francaise / Wild release somewhere in state]

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