By Dave Eggers
The literary sensation of the yr, a publication that redefines either family members and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking paintings of marvelous Genius is the relocating memoir of a school senior who, within the area of 5 weeks, loses either one of his mom and dad to melanoma and inherits his eight-year-old brother. this is an exciting debut that manages to be at the same time hilarious and wildly artistic in addition to a deeply heartfelt tale of the affection that holds a kin together.
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If you have already read the preface, and wish you had not, we apologize. We should have told you sooner. There is also no overarching need to read the acknowledgments section. Many early readers of this book (see p. xlv) suggested its curtailment or removal, but they were defied. Still, it is not necessary to the plot in any major way, so, as with the preface, if you have already read the acknowledgments section, and wish you had not, again, we apologize. We should have said something. You can also skip the table of contents, if you're short of time.
No. Yes. p. 217: ... But see, in high school, I did a series of paintings of members of my family. The first was of Toph, from a photograph I had taken. Because for the assignment we were required to grid the picture out for accuracy, the painting, in tempera, was dead-on; it looked just like him. Not so with the rest of them, without aid of a picture under a grid. I did one of Bill, but his face came out too rigid, his eyes too dark, and his hair looked matted, Caesar-like, which was not at all the case in real life.
Eggers has instead pitched his tone at an uncommon sort of irony, using it not as a device to keep us at arm's length but to involve us--to make the story of his life tellable, and thus, somehow, survivable. Heartbreaking? Certainly. Staggering? Yes ... " -- The Times (London) "Scathingly perceptive and hysterically funny ... " -- People "For 40 years readers have been waiting around on J. D. Salinger to send down a new manuscript from high atop his reclusive Vermont mountain. Well, the vigil is over and we can forget about hearing from Salinger.