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If all this sounds a little daunting, don't be put off; Safran Foer is an extremely funny as well as intelligent writer who combines some of the best Jewish folk yarns since Isaac Bashevis Singer with a quite heartbreaking meditation on love, friendship, and loss. --Travis Elborough, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The language is acceptable, but the book is boring & stereotypes used are just too much.
As I kept reading I couldn't help but keep wondering "when is this book gonna get good?" but almost 100 pages in I noticed that it still hadn't.
The translator's story is incredibly funny, and Foer demonstrates a marvelous mastery of the English language to be able to mangle it so well.
The beginning is very slow but the book picks up and becomes a page turner. Be aware that multiple stories are being told at once.Published 6 days ago by Ashley McCray
A let down from his previously read book. I would not recommend reading this book. Boring and not worth reading.Published 16 days ago by Jeff and Lisa
A truly extraordinary book. "Everything is illuminated" indeed by the deep insight and complex rendering of characters and plot. This is a must read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jaye
This is a very good novel. I read it after I saw the movie and it was a lot more vivid and complex than I would have expected. A lot funnier, too!Published 20 days ago by Edith Johnson
I suspect that most people, after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel, will consider him either some sort of literary con artist trickster or a brilliant new voice in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James R. Gilligan
One of the few novels that I would recommend seeing the movie first. This strange, touching, often hilarious account of a young Jewish man’s search for his roots in rural Ukraine... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa McCauley
Loved this movie but the book is rather difficult to read - lost interest after about 50 pagesPublished 1 month ago by Kathryn Ranelli