A Most Beautiful Describtion of Sadness

“He would fall asleep with his heart at the foot of his bed ,like some domesticated animal that was no part of him at all. And each morning he would wake with it again in the cupboard of his rib cage , having become a little heavier , a little weaker , but still pumping. And by midafternoon he was again overcome with the desire to be somewhere else , to be someone else, someone else somewhere else. ”
This passage floored me. I read it and re-read it and underlined and circuled it. So beautiful. So true. I felt everything this character was feeling. This lovely passage is from Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything is Illuminated”. Although his prose is dense and at times downright difficult , the story gets you and stays with you. The book is about Jonathan who goes in search of a woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis during WW2 in Ukraine. On his journey he is aided by a blind driver , a crazy seeing-eye dog , who’s in love with our dog fearing hero and Alex who is a terrible translator but has a heart of gold and a head full of dreams.
It’s a truly wonderful and quirky book. Read it.