A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers

3 Sep


Challenges – Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
The New Classics Challenge

Synopsis – Dave Egger’s parents died from cancer within a month of each other when he was 21 and his brother, Christopher, was seven. They left the Chicago suburb where they had grown up and moved to San Francisco. This book tells the story of their life together.

My Thoughts – I have never read a book like this one. To start with, the prologue and the achnolegement section is huge! and funny! Same with the chapter headers too. These bits made the author almost seem like he was speaking directly to me. Then the memoir as such. I read that some parts are true and some parts are more made up, but this didnt bother me. The parts that delt with the cancer of both of his parents made me cry, it was just so so sad, but this did not take up much of the book, it was more the story of the author and his younger brother Toph, and their lives together. Then at the end of the book it had another little section of notes, which im my copy i had to turn upside down to read, did i get some funny looks reading my book upside down! This part was also quite funny.
This book was picked for the Rory Gilmore Challenge and before it was picked i hadnt actually heard of the book, i even brought this book without reading the synopsis. But i really really enjoyed it! until this time last year i wasnt to interested in reading non fiction, but the more non fiction books i read the more i love them. It also makes me think that what othe brilliant books am i missing out on that ive kind of by passed on some of the challenge lists!
Brilliant book, well worth a read!

Rating – 4.5/5


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