A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

by Dave Eggers | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0330484559 Global Overview for this book
Registered by brewski of Markham, Ontario Canada on 2/13/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
From Booklist

"A memoir," says the book's cover, "based on a true story." Readers are advised in the preface that "many parts have been fictionalized," but it is not really clear how much is "real" here and how much is spoof. What could be funny about the final days of Eggers' mother's battle with stomach cancer, just a month after the loss of his father to another form of cancer? Eggers' seemingly flippant, but piercingly observant style, allows hilarity to lead the way in a very personal and revealing recounting of the loss of his parents. Barely out of college, Eggers is responsible for the care of his eight-year-old brother, Toph. Together they relocate from the Midwest to Berkeley, where their sister Beth is in law school. Young, eager, full of himself, Eggers teams up with like-minded pals in the media-crazed early 90s to create the satirical magazine Might, while also making sure he's there for Toph's Little League games and parent/teacher conferences. Eggers voices the classic youthful assumption that the world belongs (or should belong) to him. From anyone else this might be incredibly annoying, but so much is tongue-in-cheek in this work. Not just for the MTV-fan age group, this is a very entertaining, well-written book.

Journal Entry 2 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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Journal Entry 3 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I don't know how Dave Eggers managed to describe a life that contained so much sadness into such a hilarious, and well-written book. I know that I was laughing so hard that I even read his take on the copyright page and even read most of the included Mistakes We Knew We Were Making errata. Well I read all but the really really small print because I started feeling sick reading it while I was riding the subway :)

On top of the humor evident throughout the book, I also very much enjoyed Eggers' descriptions of the San Francisco Bay Area. It brought back memories of my childhood there, and it even highlighted areas (like the Black Sand beach) that I have never visited and just might have to visit on my next trip out.

Here's one of Eggers' quotes on world-clearing discussion that had me laughing(pg 145):
'---you'd have to have lots of trucks and trains to haul it away, up to Canada or something---'

Journal Entry 4 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 15, 2007
Sent via surface mail to freelunch in Australia this morning.

Journal Entry 5 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Friday, November 02, 2007
Jinkies! That was quick!!

received today, thanks brewski :oD


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