A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
By Dave Eggers
I was really excited to start on this book, actually, because I enjoy Dave Eggers’ writing style - his scattered thoughts that make up long paragraphs that require more than a page or two, the seemingly boring paragraphs that are just laugh out loud funny and annoyingly clever. That’s his style and I love it so much.
The book is the thickest I’ve read this year so far, with more than four hundred pages, and it was rather confusing at first, but had gotten quite used to his unconventional ways. His preface, acknowledgements, etc took up more than ten pages and I opted to read them right after the novel itself (just to avoid any possible spoilers or whatever). It’s about a rather morbid time in his life when both of his parents died of cancer, five weeks apart, and he’s left to care for his little brother while his sister goes to law school and his brother works. But what makes you not feel too bad about him is the hilarity of the conversations, his overly neurotic thoughts, his violent imaginations, and his (really too funny) pride in himself and Toph, his younger brother. I LOLed so many times, I swear.
I loved every minute of this book and am looking forward to reading more by Dave Eggers (I still can’t decide which to read first - What is The What, You Shall Know Our Velocity! or Zeitoun). It’s an extraordinarily unique book that lets you in on his many, almost-too-real experiences with his family, friends, career, and life, in general.