I thought the characters were believable - I just thought some of the prose was goofy at times.
A character doesn't have to be believable as a real person, his characters are representational. The mark of a good book is the validity of the ideas the representations and metaphors are expressing.
I agree with that. I think the point was that almost any idea is sensational if one is unfamiliar with it.
I remember reading this book when I was still on tour in Europe...and in a rather unfortunate relationship..this book had me howling with laughter and sobbing. I LOVED it!!!! Great characters and the story is told in an original, engaging manner
The sound track to this book was amazing!
it's interesting reading the comments about this book. i found it confusing at times too, but i like that when a book does that too me. and i totally laughed out loud, especially at some of the language mistakes.
i actually like alex's grammatical errors. they are done in a way which is both humorous and truly shows his personality. it's a perfect example of using dialect to build character depth. love, love, love this book.
ok, so by reading these comments you all like this book, i just started to read this in english and english is not my firts language (I like readin in engllish keepsme sharp).
But i just cannot get into this book, the different times set me off I think. Do you guys suggest I keep on reading, maybe it gets better?
this book is like a puzzle with some pieces missing, but if you feel you're not really good at English, you should read it in your language first, 'cause Foer did a bit of playing with words and English thesaurus, in particular. anyway, don't give up on it!
Don't worry. It takes about 50 pages to really get into the story, but once you get there, there's no going back!