Everything is Illuminated

By Tatiana Craine

Follow The Collector on his trip to Ukraine to find a woman that helped his grandfather decades before during World War II. Stick around for the ride with a crazy and ridiculous Ukrainian pseudo-tour guide, his grandfather and his grandfather’s “officious seeing-eye bitch,” Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.Not convinced?

Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Everything is Illuminated” is a masterpiece. Foer captures the lives of people from the present and the past with precision. It’s more than just a book about the Holocaust, more than an awkward man trying to find his past. It’s a beautifully woven tale about old families and new friends, culture shock and. illumination.

Heart-warming and heartbreaking at once, “Everything is Illuminated” is perfect for anyone looking for a little comedy and a little drama. At 228 pages, it’s definitely readable over the span of a few afternoons, and once you pick up the book you’ll find putting it down extremely difficult.

And if the thought of reading Foer is too daunting, you can always watch the film adaptation starring Elijah Wood and Eugene Hutz. The film doesn’t cover everything in the book, but it does a great job of capturing the emotion and comedy found in Foer’s novel.