Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything Is Illuminated Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my best reads of this year so far! Straight into my goodreads favourites!

– This novel follows the story of Jonathan, a young man who is visiting Ukraine in the hopes of discovering the woman who saved his Grandfather from the Nazis fifty years before. On arriving in Ukraine Jonathan meets his translator, Alex who will be aiding him with his search. Along with Alex is Alex’s Grandfather and his dog, Sammy David Jr, Jr. Their mission takes them around Ukraine and they slowly begin to unearth things relating to Jonathan’s family.

– The format of this book is something that I really loved but also something that I have seen criticised. There are chapters which follow Jonathan and Alex in the present time, each one of them telling the story from their point of view (I have to say that I found Alex’s jumbled English to be hilarious), but there are also chapters that go back in time to Jonathan’s Grandfather and what actually happened to him. This intertwining of present day and the building story of Jonathan’s ancestors was beautifully done and I’m eager to read something similar in the future!

– Overall I found the comedic nature of Alex mixed with the more solemn and dark undertones of the novel to be wonderfully written by Foer, I was pulled in and emotionally battered by the end!

– Hilarious, beautiful and heart-breaking. This is definitely a novel I will be rereading in years to come, 5 out of 5 stars from me!


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