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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius kindle ☆ Paperback × 'When you read his extraordinary memoir you don't laugh then cry then laugh again; you somehow experience these emotions all at once'Well this was when Bill was sighing a lot He had decided that after our parents died he just didn't want any fighting betwBut not all of us believing that what we had been given was extraordinary that it was time to tear or break down ruin remake take and devour This was San Francisco you know and everyone had some dumb idea I mean wicca? and no one there would tell you yours was doomed Thus the public nudity and this ridiculous magazine and the Real World tryout all this need most of it disguised by sneering but all driven by a hyper awareness of this window I guess a few years when your muscles are taut coiled up and vibrating But what to do with the energy? I mean when we drive Toph and I and we drive past people standing on top of all these hills part of me wants to stop the car and turn up the radio and have us all dance in formation and part of me wants to run them all ove I had problems with Dave Eggers for a long time Having never read a word he'd written I immaturely thought I had every right to hate him He was young successful and adored by critics That was enough right there When it first came out I would see AHWOSG in the bookstore and grimace at it than once I even gave it the evil eye My loathing was out of sheer jealousy I recognized it as such back then but still carried on It's hard to let go of things sometimesOK Fast forward three or four years I still have a lot of pent up animosity for those writers who are so far ahead of me However this fear thinly cloaked as a juicy eccentricity has dissipated a great deal upon reading Eggers' triumphant naked brutally pure and dramatically veracious window into a life bereft of normalcyWhat is normalcy? Nobody knows and uite frankly nobody should care but I'll tell you what it's not having to deal with the death of both your parents within mere months of each other That just doesn't happen to people On the rare and awful occassions when it does the children involved are devastated It happened to Eggers and his siblings When his mother died he was left to share custody of his younger brother Toph Still just a child Toph grew up under the sometimes bizarre always concerned eye of his older brother DaveThe center of AHWOSG is truly the great and hilarious relationship Eggers has with Toph To try to describe how they both grew up together in the strange and bumpy post parental freedom for all with strict rules of obtaining said freedom would be detrimental to the experiences you can have in Eggers' world So we won't venture further Rest assured there's a seal tight bond there one few can probably relate toSmirking just on the borders of the author's fatherlybrotherlyfriendlylovingdo right for the little jerk attitude is the fully aware of everything that is and is not persona that he is constantly invoking and daring to take him just one step further just to the brink just to push him off His emotions are bloody rare like a T Bone rippling with E coli His running inner monologue and occasional tabooed thoughts are cut from his heart with a dull spork and served to the reader à la mode as if the sweet cold vanilla sub thought could lighten the mood It does And his words never fail to render a heartbreaking poetic screaming justice for his soulI ate it up I wanted I swallowed my jealousy and loved it
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Was ours anything within reach And I decided that little Toph and I he with his backward hat and long hair living together in our little house in Berkeley would be world destroyers We inherited each other and we felt a responsibility to reinvent everything to scoff and re create and drive fast while singing loudly and pounding the windows It was a hopeless sort of exhilaration a kind of arrogance born of fatalism I guess of the feeling that if you could lose a couple of parents in a month then basically anything could happen at any time all bullets bear your name all cars are there to crush you any balcony could give way; disaster seemed only logical And then as in Dorothy's dream all these people I grew up with were there too some of them orphans also most A very fine book but tied closely with its period so a bit dated I suppose the publisher will be footnoting it before too long I’m going to have to read that really long really serious Péter Nádas’ novel afterward for AHWOSG is far too hysterical Excessive hysteria pushed past all reasonable thresholds of human tolerance into the realm of whistling past the graveyard I think it’s the twentysomething prospect of near continuous coitus that’s to blame making the text at times almost a giddy stream of consciousness Yes sex and the subseuent sadness that visits all animals see Galen is effervescently behind the unrelenting half grimacing hysteria here the flopsweaty feigned cool Everyone is a walking talking cut of meat under constant appraisal marked up or down accordingly Every waking moment my God the pressure to be hot But this is subtext mostlyThen our narrator and his friend are fucking on a public beach at night Some Hispanic kids come up The lovers are virtually naked The passersby are needlessly cruel as only youngsters can be It’s as if they can’t turn away from this spectacle of sex It holds them in thrall They know they should move away but they don’t Then our narrator makes things worse by threatening to call the cops He can’t find his wallet which belonged his late father NB The kids don’t have it He doesn’t hesitate to tell them of the disadvantage they will be at when the police arrive It’s ugly but riveting Akin to what happened recently in Central Park New York when a hysterical white woman turned on a proud African American bird watcherThen the narrator blames his friend John who tries to commit what is admittedly a ridiculous attempt at suicide His empathy fails Eggers seems on a pace here to outdo Will Self’s not infreuently humiliating cruelty Like Self Eggers will go to almost any length to outrage the reader in the name of entertainment And Eggers knows this so then he pulls the cruelty in for a post modernist uery every now and then in which his shame is poked and prodded as a means of self absolution He upbraids himself too He really doesn’t let himself off the hook easily Everything you might say no matter the cost is bought and paid forThe narrator’s guilty and brilliant digressions when he’s taken a little time out for himself must be ⅓ of the book When for instance he leaves Tōpf with a new sitter and goes out seeking sex His imaginings of what might happen to Tōph in his absence are grotesue and wild It’s touching because he’s 22 beginning his sexually active life and divided between that travail and what remains of his family The nonsense associated with his fly by night magazine Might is hilarious; especially the Adam Rich faux obit whose ramifications neither the undead nor the editors were prepared to handle Then there’s Tōph who with the narrator’s canny last second maneuvering gets a handshake from Bill Clinton outside Chez Panisse The narrator passing a kidney stone Have you ever seen one of those things? They look like jacks or perhaps a barb cut from barbed wire Poor man But the frisbee playing–there I drew the line; 35 pages on frisbee tricks; I think not Anyway the prose flies faultlessly along Even the parts that are too long like the MTV interview which is a wonderful critiue of the show’s clichés but at 54 pages egregiously long This is Generation X’s On the Road but with name brands and well known movies and historical events peppered throughout Reading it 17 years after publication it feels like a kind of period novel not unlike Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift but without the big picture view of geopolitical and celebrity shenanigans That’s high praiseWhat strikes me most is Eggers’s recognition of his subject matter That was very shrewd indeed To know he had this story before him The parental deaths are horrible no uestion and the pressure on the author to be a kind of pre parent at age 22 to his brother Tōph is unfair Fortunately he and his brother were blessed by an enormously rich social network That’s a gift In that sense I envy them That if anything was their saving grace
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius'When you read his extraordinary memoir you don't laugh then cry then laugh again; you somehow experience these emotions all at once'Well this was when Bill was sighing a lot He had decided that after our parents died he just didn't want any fighting between what was left of us He was twenty four Beth was twenty three I was twenty one Toph was eight and all of us were so tried already from that winter So when something would come up any little thing some bill to pay or decision to make he would just sigh his eyes tired his mouth in a sorry kind of smile But Beth and IJesus we were fighting with everyone anyone each other with strangers at bars anywhere we were angry people wanting to exact revenge We came to California and we wanted everything would take what Fuck Fuck fuck fuck fuck I was reading this book and around page 237 or was it 327? fuck I figured it out he's talking to ME He wrote this book for me Dave Eggers looked into the future and saw that I would want to read a self referential self satisfying memoir He knew that I would be trying to figure stuff being in my twenties and all and while not dealing with the enormity of losing both parents and having to rear a young sibling I would have my own shit to work through He fucking knew But why not just make it obvious? Why not dedicate the book to me? Or send me a note an email evenHey Karina I know we've never met but I know that this book could really help you out Love DaveMaybe love is too muchSincerely and wishing you the best Dave Ok even a modest Sincerely would have been adeuate But I think I know why he didn't do that He wanted to mess with me WANTED to He wanted me have that revelation on my own I would thank him but honestly I didn't like the book No I didn't HATE the book If I had HATED the book I would have given it one star right? But for all the hype it really was very frustrating I even started skimming by the end Hey maybe you've even started skimming this review That's ok I understand I just didn't need to hear any of his selfish whining complaining navel gazing cutseyness sometimes It was too much And by the end I was really kinda hating him Which I think is something he would have been ok with expecting even It was too cute too overdone needed to be edited cut in half The stuff about his mother in the beginning was beautiful because it felt sincere ok maybe that is his schtick an insincere memoir hiding behind a supposed stance of openness and sharing well screw that That isn't why I read that kind of book So bugger off Eggers and don't write any books for me ok?