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Old 05-18-2004, 02:38 AM   #1
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

This book is one of the most honest and unapologetic ventures into the human consciousness.

Dave Eggers, I salute you.
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:13 AM   #2
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"sounds like an ingenious delve into the human condition."
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Old 05-20-2004, 06:41 AM   #3
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Re: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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This book is one of the most honest and unapologetic ventures into the human consciousness.

Dave Eggers, I salute you.
should we read it?
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Old 06-04-2004, 10:25 PM   #4
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:21 PM   #5
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I really enjoyed this book... plus I LOVE the design of it.
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Old 08-29-2004, 08:45 AM   #6
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Was a very good book. I am now reading You Shall Know Our Velocity by Eggers and although it is good, I must say AHWOSG was better.
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Old 10-26-2004, 02:28 AM   #7
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I'm reading this now, on recommendation by a friend.

I'll admit that I picked it up and set it back down several times over the course of six months or so.

But once I really set my mind to it, got past the appendices and indexes and tables of contents and prefaces and acknowledgements and apologies and graphs, I really got into it.

Great writing.

This is a picture of a stapler.

Brilliant.
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Old 11-26-2004, 01:14 PM   #8
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Anyone in San Francisco should check out 826 Valencia, a pirate supply store, book store, and also free writing workshops for neighborhood kids. You can pick up a copy of DE's new book of short stories there, or one of the McSweeney's quarterly publications which are amazing.

Here's the site for McSweeney's.
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Old 04-14-2005, 08:55 PM   #9
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BEST BOOK

EVER.
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:04 AM   #10
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Bought this the other day and can't WAIT to start it!
Have to finish the time traveller's wife first though (which I'm LOVING)
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:52 AM   #11
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oh dear
i love that book!
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:06 AM   #12
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OK I'm on it. It's fabulous even after just the first page.
I know it's gonna make me cry though..... the time traveler's wife did, numerous times
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:02 PM   #13
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AHWOSG is a brilliant book... and McSweeney's dot net is a blast!

...but, i hate to say that i've had some trouble with Egger's stuff since AHWOSG. You Shall Know Our Velocity seemed so labored and clumsy to me that after reading it, i just kinda stopped paying attention to Eggers' work (and in doing so, i completely missed his collection of stories How We Are Hungry - anyone read that?)

i read some stellar reviews recently about his newest What is The What, but my first impression as i begin this book is dishearteningly similar to YSKOV. i really want to enjoy it, but so far it seems like Eggers' voice has lost the poignant honesty that so steeped the pages of AHWOSG.

could it be possible that with AHWOSG Eggers exhausted his skill for candor and communication?; and, dare i suggest, perhaps his real talent lies not in writing the words, but in editing them?...
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