Rating: 2.5/5 stars.
Everything is Illuminated is the tale of a young writer traveling to eastern Europe in order to find a woman named Augustine. It is a tale about a young woman named Brod, and her battle with and against love and sadness. It is supposedly a heart-wrenching tale that ties together past and present, and inevitably illuminates everything.
The experimental writing style of this book was its strength. If one enjoyed it, one liked the book. If one didn’t, one didn’t like the book. I was apathetic toward the entire novel – sure, the pathos pulled me in a few times, and yes, I laughed at Alex’s humor, but I didn’t love anything. There were some brilliant tidbits, but at times it felt like Foer was trying too hard to be inspirational.
Recommended to fans of historical fiction and books written in a unique way. Also, to fans of malapropism. I highly recommend Everything is Illuminated to fans of malapropism.
Here’s one passage I liked:
The beach was beautiful last night, but this did not surprise me. I love sitting on the edge of the land and feeling the water verge me, and then leave me. Sometimes I remove my shoes and put my feet where I think the water will approach to. I have attempted to think about America in regard to where I am on the beach. I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you.