Everything Is Illuminated

BOOK REVIEW by Harriet Robbins

In this highly charged electronic world--internet, cell phones, e-mails, computers--we are besieged by these tools of communication. However, we musn't forget that there is still a source available to enrich and enhance our lives. Reading is an extreme and intimate pleasure that offers us the wisdom of the ages. There is nothing like the feeling that comes when you open a book and experience the thrill of participating in the events and drama contained in its pages.

I was very young when I discovered the power and pleasure of the written word. I obtained a library card at an early age and started on a journey of discovery that I am still enjoying in the 87th year of my life.

I urge you to join with me on this journey; you won't regret it. You could start with a book which offers a unique view of contemporary historical events, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED by Jonathan Safran Foer. Intricate in structurer, laced with magical realism, filled with humor and pathos, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED is the author's first novel. Published by Houghton Mifflin, it was also made into a film.

I suggest that you watch the film, now out on DVD, then read the book. It will take you on an enchanting trip you will never forget or regret.