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A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius : A Memoir Based on a True Story - Dave Eggers
A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius : A Memoir Based on a True Story
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"Well, this was when Bill was sighing a lot. He had decided that after our parents died he just didn't want any more fighting between what was left of us. He was twenty-four, Beth was twenty-three, I was twenty-one, Toph was eight, and all of us were so tried already, from that winter. So when... show more
"Well, this was when Bill was sighing a lot. He had decided that after our parents died he just didn't want any more fighting between what was left of us. He was twenty-four, Beth was twenty-three, I was twenty-one, Toph was eight, and all of us were so tried already, from that winter. So when something world come up, any little thing, some bill to pay or decision to make, he would just sigh, his eyes tired, his mouth in a sorry kind of smile. But Beth and I...Jesus, we were fighting with everyone, anyone, each other, with strangers at bars, anywhere -- we were angry people wanting to exact revenge. We came to California and we wanted everything, would take what was ours, anything within reach. And I decided that little Toph and I, he with his backward hat and long hair, living together in our little house in Berkeley, would be world-destroyers. We inherited each other and, we felt, a responsibility to reinvent everything, to scoff and re-create and drive fast while singing loudly and pounding the windows. It was a hopeless sort of exhilaration, a kind of arrogance born of fatalism, I guess, of the feeling that if you could lose a couple of parents in a month, then basically anything could happen, at any time -- all bullets bear your name, all cars are there to crush you, any balcony could give way; more disaster seemed only logical. And then, as in Dorothy's dream, all these people I grew up with were there, too, some of them orphans also, most but not all of us believing that what we had been given was extraordinary, that it was time to tear or break down, ruin, remake, take and devour. This was San Francisco, you know, and everyone had some dumb idea -- I mean, "wicca?" -- and noone there would tell you yours was doomed. Thus the public nudity, and this ridiculous magazine, and the "Real World" tryout, all this need, most of it disguised by sneering, but all driven by a hyper-awareness of this window, I guess, a few years when your muscles are taut, coiled up and vibrating. But what to do with the energy? I mean, when we drive, Toph and I, and we drive past people, standing on top of all these hills, part of me wants to stop the car and turn up the radio and have us all dance in formation, and part of me wants to run them all over."
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780684863474 (0684863472)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 375
Edition language: English
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Wreszcie powoli nadrabiam zaległości w refleksjach. Zostało mi ich jeszcze... o zgrozo, jedenaście plus kolejne na bieżąco. Będzie sporo marudzenia, ale jeszcze więcej zadowolenia. Miejmy nadzieję, że i ten czas minie wesoło i raczej szybko. Byle do sesji! Jak wszystkie inne książki, które nabyłam...
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5.0 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
All the clues said that I would love this book. First, all my friends on Goodreads hate it (like, they cringed having to give it at least one star). Second, it is incredibly sad and funny at the same time (like, laughing while blood and bile flow out of their dying mother’s body; umm, yeah…anyhow). ...
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I'll think of a damn title later rated it
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I once heard George Carlin describe being a fan of jazz as "not just hearing the notes that are played, but know WHY they are being played".Okay, so why THESE notes? Why not others?Here's the thing: I love self-realization, self-awareness, particularly from those in the public spotlight. I love biza...
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sarah rated it
2.0 Dave Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
At first I really liked Eggers' style, but in the end I agreed with most reviewers that he more or less used his interesting back story as an excuse to try to convince us all how awesome he is — or, more accurately, how sincerely he is striving toward awesomeness. I found the crushing self-conscious...
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