13 September 2008

Everything Is Illimuniated - Jonathan Safran Foer

The movie is amazing...the book is simply indescribable. Everyone talks about how genius it is, and really...it's true! On the surface, it is a story of a young Jewish man searching for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis in Ukraine who consequently finds not only his past but new friends and a better understanding of himself. But really...
It is the story of perfect love in the midst of horrific tragedy. The story of a journey through a devastated past that must be remembered in order to live a more grateful and authentic life. The story of memory and trying to forget. It is just so amazing and life-changing and wonderful! Plus, the writing is so incredibly beautiful...in some parts I actually cry. I can't really explain it...here are some good quotes that will hopefully make you want to read it ::

"He removed several pages of death certificates which were picked up by another breeze and sent into the trees. Some would fall with the leaves that September. Some would fall with the trees generations later."

"You become enlightened of the feeling of feeling hurt, which is worse, I am certain, than the existent hurt. Not-truths hung in front of me like fruit."

"Try to live so you can always tell the truth..."

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