Saturday, May 22, 2010
May 22, 2010
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED by Jonathan Safar Foer
Foer tells the story of a fictional Jonathan who, with only a beaten up old photograph of his grandmother, tries to find the history of his family, most of whom perished in the Holocaust. Jonathan travels to the Ukraine and with the aid of Alexander, a young Ukraine who's English leaves much to be desired, begins the journey that will open up both his and Alexander's hearts and eyes.
Interspersed between the journey tale, is the story of Jonathan's ancestry. The magical realism here is very thick at times, but beautifully (and sometimes dirty and graphically) told.
I found this novel to be one that I often wanted to put down, but couldn't. I know that sounds bad, but in the end, my journey, like Jonathan's and Alexander's, was worth it.
As an aside, it was a lovely late Spring day yesterday, so I decided to head to La Jolla in the afternoon to read. As I lay on the grass with the Torry Pines as shade, I suddenly heard a rustling next to me. I turned and about a foot away was a seagull just staring at me. I dubbed him Harry and he stayed next to me for almost the full time I was at the cove. This added my own brand of "magical realism" to my reading experience.
So far, 19 Books Read
982 To Go
Until next time, Good Morning and Good Reading!