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  • Dec 19, 2008
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Dave Eggers has a very unique writing style and it seems you either love or hate it. In this, his first offering, he relates the trials and triumphs of his life with his younger brother, whom he took custody of when his parents died within weeks of each other. Eggers is really a child himself and makes a million mistakes. He also sounds a bit full of himself, at times, and bemoans his situation quite a bit. I can totally understand why some people simply get sick of him after a couple of chapters.

There is beauty in his saga, however. He shares with stark vulnerability the experience of just trying to make it- trying to be a 20-something year old raising a 7 year old and somehow trying to make it feel right. His stream-of-conciousness style carries the reader through the crazed frantic rush that is his life. During the couple days it took me to read A Heartbreaking Work, I found myself talking faster and running with thoughts far longer than I should. Eggers' writing penetrated my psyche that deeply.

Read the "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making" at the end of the book for edits, apologies and notes first, perhaps. If you don't laugh out loud, don't bother with the rest of the book. Eggers' humor is at it's best in this little add-on and gives you a good idea of what you'll be getting yourself into should you decide to read the book itself.

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Dave Eggers' loud, crashing, attention-receiving 2000 debut.
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Author: Dave Eggers
Genre: Memoir / Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 2000
ISBN: 0-330-48455-9
Format: Print
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