Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

“I don't think that there are any limits to how excellent we could make life seem.”  Everything Is Illuminated

“I don’t think that there are any limits to how excellent we could make life seem.” Everything Is Illuminated

I admit it, I’m totally fickle.  I bought this book purely because I like the front cover.  My local charity shop sells books for 20p so I can afford to do this and it’s something I’d recommend doing occasionally as you never know what gems you might find.

Straight away with this book I was sold.  The opening chapter is narrated by Alex, a young Ukrainian who has been hired to translate for Jonathon Safran Foer, an American Jew.  Jonathon has travelled to Ukraine to seek out Augustine, a woman who helped his grandfather escape the Nazis.  Although the author himself features in the book, it is fictional.  The book unravels in three strands – the first is Alex’s description of escorting ‘Jon fen’ around Ukraine, with his faux-blind grandfather as driver and stinking ‘seeing eye bitch’ Sammy Davis Junior Junior, in the search for Augustine.  SO…DO THEY EVER FIND HER?

The Book With No Name – Anonymous

The Book With No Name - A Novel (Probably)

The Book With No Name – A Novel (Probably)

Once again, this is a book I bought purely because of the cover.  It intrigued me, the only thing written as the blurb on the back said that anyone who read this book ended up being killed.  Perhaps it’s morbid fascination, but I decided to give it a go.  I’m still here, by the way, so don’t be put off by the death threat!

Ok, so where on earth do I begin explaining the story? *takes deep breath…

It’s set in Santa Mondega – a town populated by gangsters, low-lifes and hit-men.  and the action begins in a bar with a mass shooting by The Bourbon Kid.  He kills everyone except the bartender and a girl, who survives her shooting but in left in a 5 year coma.  A local officer is sent in to investigate and it soon becomes apparent that the root of all the evils in the town in a mysterious stone called The Eye Of The Moon – a stone which has the power to stop the moon in it’s path, thus plunging the world into eternal darkness, creating an ideal world for the undead. SO IT’S ABOUT VAMPIRES THEN?