A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius review Í 3

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'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 wha. 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

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusT 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 mos. as a huge douglas coupland fan i thought i might enjoy 'a heartbreaking work' i should've known better i tried to read 'you shall know our velocity' last year and found it entirely unreadable i gave up after 200 pages of nonsense several friends raved about 'ahwoasg' so i thought 'ok i'll give eggars another try' again i was horribly disappointed the pros yes it's funny at times and very honest though can we take eggars at his word never trust an autobiography i laughed out loud several times while reading many of eggars observations are insightful and funny and yes we do feel badly for dave and toph at least in the beginning and the the sibs after they lose their parents and head west the 'here's a drawing of a stapler' was a good one but the novel is short on humor and long on 'look at me and feel badly for me and my poor little brother' in the end i just didn't care nor did i have any reason TO care narcissists don't necessarily make compelling protagonists the cons 500 pages of psychobabble 'witticisms' and 'biting obseravtions' don't necessarily make one a 'talented writer' as so many have stated get an editor for crying out loud the prose isn't anything write home about it's sloppy and unfocused and what's the dropping the 'f bomb' 20 times per page get a thesaurus while you're at it read eggars and then read steinbeck eugenides or ishiguro and you'll see the masters at work this novel is so completely self indulgent and bloated that i kept looking for a needle under my bed to pop the darn thing eggars tries WAY too hard to show how 'clever' he is by using his oh so ironic hipster slang but he's not as clever as he wants to believe unless he's playing us all if that's case i would applaud him in short it has it's funny moments but so did my grandma's funeral i'm just glad i bought it used

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius review Í 3 Æ '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 ofT but 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 ov. I hated loved was totally frustrated by was sucked into couldn't stand couldn't put down dreaded picking up wanted to like was attacked by wanted to burn finished this bookAlternative title A Self Indulgent Work of Festering GeniusThe worst book I couldn't put down; the best book I've ever wanted to set on fireUpdated Found in my bedside reading journal it's self conscious pretentious but pretentious in the way that smart kids are when they're trying to be cool but are still riled up by grammatical slips etc — betrayed by their own proclivities