Study Guide

Everything Is Illuminated Writing Style

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Writing Style

Experimental/Literary

Here's a quote from Everything is Illuminated:

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Yes, that's the phrase "we are writing" repeated 193 times. But who's counting?

This is a book about writing, and boy, does Jonathan Safran Foer (the writer, not the character) play with writing. In addition to the above quote, sections of the book are written like a play, like an almanac or encyclopedia, paragraphs that span multiple pages, and sometimesevenwordsandsentenceswritten likethis.

This is a book about the journey, not the destination. And Jonathan Safran Foer (the writer, not the character, because the character is a square) makes sure that you're paying attention.