Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Everything is Illuminated

My legal name is Alexander Perchov. But all my friends call me Alex, because that is a more flaccid-to-utter version of my legal name. 
- p. 1

 For Friday 56:  
I reasoned that she was in love with the hero.
- p. 56

About Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer: A young man arrives in Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy David Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive - a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down...

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