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by Dave Eggers

ISBN: 0676973655
ISBN13: 978-0676973655
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Canada; First Edition edition (February 2001)
Pages: 496
Category: Regional U.S.
Subategory: Memoris

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (. ISBN 0-330-48455-9) is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. It chronicles his stewardship of his younger brother Christopher "Toph" Eggers following the cancer-related deaths of his parents. The book was a commercial and critical success, reaching number one on The New York Times bestseller list and being nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. I’m working on it. You have no problem being inside a fishbowl. I feel like I’m already inside a fishbowl. 3.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Dave Eggers has been partly responsible for a rejuvenation of short fiction in the USA, and these short stories are as original and witty as any of his longer works. Contents"You Know How to Spell Elijah""This Certain Song""What the Water Feels Like to the. The Better of McSweeney's, Vol. 1. by Dave Eggers.

Dave Eggers’s new book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, is part autobiography, part .

Dave Eggers’s new book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, is part autobiography, part postmodern collage, a novelistic memoir-y kind of thing that tells the sad, awful, tragic story of how the author’s mother and father died within weeks of each other and how he became a surrogate parent to his 8-year-old brother, and tells it with such. It’s the sort of book David Foster Wallace, Frank McCourt and Tom Wolfe might have written together if Mr. Wallace had never heard of Thomas Pynchon, if Mr. McCourt didn’t grow up poor in Ireland but middle-class in the suburbs of Chicago, if Tom Wolfe weren’t the sort of writer who wears white suits and ice-cream-colored shirts.

Start by marking A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius as Want to Read . 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.

Start by marking A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. 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.

Dave Eggers is a terrifically talented writer; don't hold his cleverness against him. What to make of a book called A.

Eggers' first book was a memoir with fictional elements, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), which focused on his struggle to raise his younger brother in San Francisco following the deaths of both of their parents. The book quickly became a bestseller and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Eggers followed this with The Circle, released in October 2013, and depicting the life of a young worker at a fictional San Francisco-based technology company in the near future, as she faces doubts about her vocation, due to the company's seemingly well-intentioned innovations revealing a more sinister underlying agenda.

"I think this book is kind of malleable. I've never really wanted to put it away and be done with it forever -- the second I first 'finished' it, I wanted to dig back in and change everything around. So I'm looking forward to getting back into the text, and straightening and focusing and deleting. Most of all, I'm thrilled that Vintage will be letting me include all the cool chase scenes, previously censored." -- Dave EggersThe literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his seven-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come.PAPERBACK EDITION -- 15% MORE STAGGERING - Eggers has written 15,000 additional words for the Vintage Canada edition, including an entirely new appendix.
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Dobpota
I was really uncertain what to expect with this book. There seemed to be a lot of strong reactions, both positive and negative. After finishing the book I understand why so many people seem to despise the book, and why others (like myself) love it.

Before even reaching the first page of the novel there is an acknowledgment page, well pages. The acknowledgment section is multiple pages of small print ravings. Eggers explains that you are more than welcome to skip this section. I recommend that you do not. It is long, but it is also humorous and will set the tone for the novel yet to come.

A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius is about as pompously and as self-centered as the title suggests. Eggers is a twenty-something year old who not only has to find his own way in life, he is doing so while coming to terms with death and parenting his younger brother. It can be seen as a coming of age novel where the narrator has to figure out how to live with death. Or, maybe it is a novel about death where the living are brought along as side characters. Either way, the book truly is genius.

It is also eccentric. If you are looking for a more traditional narrative structure or a more mature and likable main character, then you will probably passionately hate this novel. If you are looking for something that pushes the envelope, that looks at novel writing as an art form and isn't afraid to show the world in all its gory truth then you will probably love this book as much as I do.

Cia
I found the relationship between Eggers and Toph charming--pseudo father/son, but a lot more like two kids growing up together. Eggers' off the wall sense of humor was great. I loved the presents from random people to Toph on Christmas, especially Jesus. I loved Toph riding a broken bicycle to school like a scooter, because that's the kind of kid idea that goes unchecked when you're being raised by a kid.
That said, the book was hard to follow at times. If I wasn't paying attention I'd suddenly become aware that the story had drifted from present day to some other memory. The paragraphs stretched on, making it feel like a million anxious thoughts stuffed into one moment. Maybe that was the point. I did get used to the pacing, but the end of the book was the ultimate test of being able to stay with the story-- a bunch of run on ideas all shoved together. I've got to say, I have no idea what the end of the book was supposed to mean.

salivan
Dave Eggers has written a personal account of his life with utmost satire and tongue-in-cheek humor. Best-selling novel and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for non-ficiton since its publication in 1999 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story continues to draw readers to Eggers experience as a young adult in the early to mid 1990s and the most pivotal moments that included the most life changing -- the deaths of his parents from cancer in 1992. The book is a unique retelling of his personal journey that was not at all straight and narrow because of Eggers’ creative style of writing that may be compared to writers such as David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell that offer more than a narrative but one of much intellectual vividness.

Upon reading the early pages of the book of the Preface and introduction, readers will have to adjust their lens of understanding to what they are familiar with in terms of reading a memoir. Eggers writes in a stream of conscious type of style that jumps from one thought to the next, but if one keeps a steady focus, all of the details that he provides relate to his circumstance. And he attempts to explain the direction of the book and areas that readers may want to skip or forward to the so-called meat and potato parts of his life by pages 200 to the conclusion. However, it does not hurt to read the entire book from beginning to end, especially the challenging parts of the first few chapters that guides the reader to understanding Eggers’ life after his parents’ passing, he along with his sister Beth and brother Bill became guardians to younger brother “Toph” (Christopher). Aside from the irony of his life, there is plenty of humor, especially in the chapter where is writes with much detail of the time he interviewed for the third season of MTV’s reality show “The Real World,” which he wanted so much to be a part of; one can say in addition, to this memoir the experience would have also been a form of therapy for him. It is instances such as that memorable event in his life and many other references that replays Eggers’ generation before there was Facebook or Twitter or any social media that would emerge in the next decade or two.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a book of much insightfulness of the life of Dave Eggers that only he can tell. It is a story that can be read more than once because of the unique way that he shares with readers how his life was filled with unpredictability that he was able to successfully navigate despite the cracks and stepping-stones in between.

Topmen
I haven't a clue why all the bad reviews. I greatly enjoyed this book.
This is a wonderful memoir:genuine, cleverly written, hilarious at times while shockingly tragic at others.
It's a memoir with true character and a story I will not easily forget.
The ending left a little something to be desired, but this is a memoir, not a work of fiction, so it is what it is.
The people who are saying this is boring clearly picked the wrong book, I think many of them didn't realize that this was a true story and not a fictional tale.

Ximinon
A great memoir written with compassion and humor. My favorite book. I read it cover to cover, including all the footnotes at the end, which were great, too. Thanks, Mr. Eggers!

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