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The Unabridged Pocketbook of Lightning (Pocket Penguins 70's) Paperback – Unabridged, 6 May 2005


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Unabridged edition (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141023066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141023069
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the bestseller Everything Is Illuminated, named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the winner of numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. Foer was one of Rolling Stone's "People of the Year" and Esquire's "Best and Brightest." Foreign rights to his new novel have already been sold in ten countries. The film of Everything Is Illuminated, directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood, will be released in August 2005. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been optioned for film by Scott Rudin Productions in conjunction with Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. Foer lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (to be published in June 2005).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr B on 9 Aug 2005
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Probably not the best summary for a collection which begins with a short personal piece about heart trouble in the family, followed by the first three chapters of Foer's new novel - but what's striking about Lightning is how emotionally open it is: a refreshing quality these days; at the same time, the writing is always innovative and insightful, and although not every stylistic trick convinces, and the odd one owes a bit to Paul Auster, it's engaging and leaves you curious for more ... and repays rereading too.
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This tiny book is a very nice, although short introduction to the writings of Jonathan Safran Foer. It consists of a tenpage essay "A primer for the punctuation of heart disease" and three of the first chapters from "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". The essay was very nice, so I didn't mind that I had already read the chapters from "Extremely Loud...". That being said, I would use this as a gift for someone who hasn't read Foer yet, and who would like to get a taste of his style, before reading an entire novel.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ilikebooks85" on 8 Jun 2005
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i really enjoyed this book; the writing style is refreshingly original and its little enough to read in one go - it has inspired me to read more by this author, who i was previously unaware of.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Buyer Beware! 9 Feb 2010
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I am an avid fan of Jonathan Safran Foer, so when I found this on Amazon I bought it despite the lack of any details on what it is about. I thought perhaps it was just something of his that I had not read before. When I received it I found that it is a 10 page essay, A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease, and the first few chapters of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I felt slightly cheated that it comprises mostly of a book I already own. I guess I will know to research more on other sites before buying something that has no description.
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