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This book ought to be awful., 21. Dezember 2007
It has all the elements of being a mess - it's difficult to read, it has a strange chopping between literary styles, a degree of pretentiousness, running jokes about farting that repeat ad nauseum without being funny.But it isn't awful. It's profoundly moving. In particular, I found the last 100 pages to be the most affecting thing I have read in fiction this year, and his use of 'stream of consciousness' at the moment of highest emotional drama (a technique which seldom seems to work in books for me) is awesome in its power and effect. This book is not for everyone perhaps, but I ended up applauding Safran Foer's courageous abandonment of the usual conventions of novel narrative structure. Abandoning the normal formulae, it exposes a raw and real emotion nerve, which - by the end of the book - he had exploited to the full! I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!