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Everything is Illuminated 4
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Jonathan Safran Foer (1977 - )

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fergusje February 9th, 2006 12:09 PM PST

I really loved Everything is Illuminated for its fresh voice. The author writes about Eastern Europe from a very different perspective. There are several stories interwoven in this book that make it challenging and fascinating to read. His second book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is beautiful and heartbreaking. On par with his first. It's lovely to read ELIC along with his wife's (Nicole Krauss) book The History of Love. They travel along such a parallel path that they're seem like they were written to be read together.

indygo88 July 6th, 2008 09:25 PM PST

LOL! I actually DID read those two books at the same time purely by coincidence (ELIC and The History of Love), one on audio & one in book form, not realizing the authors were married to one another until I was about halfway through. I would actually recommend NOT doing it that way, as I kept getting each book confused with the other, due to the fact that they were so similar. I would, however, someday like to reread both of them (just not at the same time!). :')


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Born in Washington, D.C., Foer attended Princeton University where he was awarded the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Creative Writing Thesis Prizes. In 2000, he was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize. He is the editor of the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell for which he also wrote the short story "If the Aging Magician Should Begin to Believe."

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