Jonathan Safran Foer is widely known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was made into a movie last year. I read Extremely Loud and didn’t enjoy it very much. When I dislike a big bestseller, I tend to do a lot of research to find out why people liked it. In my findings, I learned that many critics liked Extremely Loud, but still felt that Safran Foer’s first novel Everything Is Illuminated was better.
Everything Is Illuminated tells the story of a young man who sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from Nazis. Like Extremely Loud, Everything was also turned into movie, starring Elijah Wood.