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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (edition 2001)

by Dave Eggers

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A memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply hearfelt story of the love that holds a family together.… (more)
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Title:A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Authors:Dave Eggers
Info:Vintage (2001), Paperback, 485 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:male bonding, family, ego, care-taking, memoir, travel, coming of age, introspection, dry humor, humor

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Eggers starts this running at a million miles an hour, but tries to sustain that pace for the whole book and I think that loses a lot of what makes the early parts special. It's a bit of a cut above the rest of the crowd, but not enough of a cut to really make a difference in the end. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
This is the kind of book that I have only grown to appreciate in recent years; if I had picked it up when first published ten years ago, I would not have gotten it at all. As it stands, I got a few laughs and "hmms" out of it. The narrator is self-deprecating and humorous, although at times the rambling can become tedious. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
are the reviews on the first couple pages fabricated?

wavered between 3 and 4 stars for me while reading and I hate that I can't help but think this way while reading, now. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
The premise is soul-crushing, but the prose is exhausting. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
He rambles on and on, but somehow is effective and doesn't put you off. I guess with a young life jam-packed with heart wrenching stuff, combined with enough words to circumscribe it, you can come up with some pretty unique writing. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
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Please distinguish this Dave Egger's later reprint, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and Mistakes We Knew We Were Making (2001), from the orignal published Work, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000). As the Work titles suggest, the reprint includes an additional piece, "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making," that's not included in the original publication.
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A memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply hearfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

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