A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
  • A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
  • A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
  • A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
  • A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
ISBN: 0375725784
EAN13: 9780375725784
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 13, 2001
Pages: 437
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 8.8" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book. --San Francisco Chronicle

National Bestseller
Pulitzer Prize Finalist

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 eight-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 for decades to come.

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   A Little Uneven
I found the relationship between Eggers and Toph charmingly fatherson, but a lot more like two children growing up together. The sense of humor off the wall was great by Eggers. I loved receiving presents from random people to Toph on Christmas, especially Jesus. I loved Toph on a broken bicycle to school like a scooter because that's the kind of kid idea that goes unchecked when you're raised by a kid. This said that the book was hard to follow at times. If I was not paying attention, I suddenly became aware that the story had drifted from the present day to some other memory. The paragraphs stretched out, making it feel like a million anxious thoughts stuffed into a moment. This was maybe 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 together ideas. I have no idea what the end of the book was supposed to mean.
   I haven't a clue why all the bad reviews. I greatly enjoyed this book
I haven 't a clue why all the bad reviews are there. I enjoyed this book greatly ''. This is a wonderful memoirgenuine, written so, hilarious at times, while shockingly tragic for others. It is a memoir with a true character and a story that I will not forget easily. The people who say that this is boring clearly picked the wrong book, I think that many of them didn 't realize that this was a true story and not a fictional one.
   ....And Then He Really Gets To You!
The genius in this book comes from Daves ability to wrap you up in a simple story, an everyday occurance and then bring the crushing reality under which he lived right back home. Thus many books have been written about death, death in families, the death of friends that it is a testament to his writing skills that he took this subject and made it the most compelling read.
   It was a chore at times, it was brilliant at other times
I agree with the reviewer named Brady in that while there were moments in the book that were beautiful, the disjointed aspect of it seemed sloppily narcissistic at times. I finished it, but considered it at times a chore or duty rather than pleasurable.
   Not a book for every one, but for some ...
Not a book for every one, but very engaging for some of us. At times I found myself frustrated with the protagonistnarrator, but had to admire Eggers willingness to paint a less than flattering self-portrait.
   catastrophe and family
Maybe not genius, but very interesting non-fiction - recounting of a young adult who becomes guardian of his little bro after both parents die of cancer abruptly. Just goes to show that you never know what a person might have to deal with at home...
   One of my favorite books. It is a beautifully written and heartfelt ...
One of my favorite books is. It is a gorgeously written and heartfelt account of life after the loss of a loved one. It helped me really a lot after I lost a family member. I love the writing style of Eggers.
   Awesome story-super honest and gripping.
I grew up in the Bay Area, where much of this story takes place, and really enjoyed reading a true story about a family that I could relate to. Dave Eggers is truly a genius and a wonderful brother! The footnotes were somewhat irritating, but I liked them eventually because they slowed me down and I never wanted to end this book.
   Great Book, Used quality FAR worse than promised
While I love this book, the one I got was almost falling apart, the covers were so scuffed that it was difficult to read the title, and the pages were EXTREMELy marked. Disappointed ''.
   Great title. Unreadable book. Dont bother.
I rarely finish a book without putting it down. Tried twice to restart, but gave up. The remainder is all the babble nothingness stream. The self-indulgent humor becomes truly annoying the fortieth time around. This book needs at least three major editorial changes and then I would say that I still don 't read it. As you might guess, I recommend you strongly and strongly skip this book.