Current Reads.

14 Mar

My man has good taste in literature and he just happened to have the first book by Jonathan Safran Foer lying around. Borrowed books are the best books. I plowed through Safran Foer’s, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in a week – makes the streetcar rides go much faster! So I can’t wait to crack Everything is Illuminated open on my way to work.

A young American Jew named Jonathan Safran Foer, journeys to Ukraine in search of Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather’s life during the Nazi liquidation of Trachimbrod, his family shtetl. Armed with many copies of an old photograph of Augustine and his grandfather, maps, and cigarettes, Jonathan begins his adventure with Ukrainian native and soon-to-be good friend, Alexander “Alex” Perchov, who is Foer’s age and very fond of American pop culture, albeit culture that is already out of date in the United States.

Alex studied English at his university, and even though his knowledge of the language is not “first-rate”, he becomes the translator. Alex’s “blind” grandfather and his “deranged seeing-eye bitch,” Sammy Davis, Jr., Jr., accompany them on their journey. These three parts tie together in the end of the story. Throughout the book, the meaning of love is deeply examined.

The book was turned into a movie in 2005 starring Elijah Wood.


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