|Plot Summary of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius|
|"This is a memoir, or rather, it is the anti-memoir. I am sick of all the Angela's Ashes, ad nauseam, and didn't think i'd want to read this. This is the funniest book of 2000, and a brilliant story of a life- or ten years of a life. Anyone in the teen- thirtyish age group should love this book. "
Jesse Palek-Zahn, Resident Scholar
|"This book is unlike any memoir I've read. Eggers's story is quite compelling--losing both parents within a month or so of each other, and then Eggers, at about age 20, taking custody of his eight-year-old brother and raising him. This is a remarkable story, and Eggers tells it without whining or complaining; in fact, this is a funny book in many places."
Lisa West, Resident Scholar
|"This is a memior of a few years in the life of Dave Eggers. He loses both of his parents within a month of each other and is left to raise his youngest brother, Toff. He moves with his sister, Beth, to California where they live first in a house on a hill. But at the end of the summer they move to Berkley. Dave struggles to raise Toff since he has never so much as babysat before. Beth does help, but Dave is the primary caregiver. Every now and then Dave gets tired of where him and Toff are living and decide to move. So they live all throughout California. Half way through the book there is an interview with and MTV employee to see if Dave has been given a sopt on The Real World. Dave claims that that part of the book is necessary to the development of the story. After that he seems to be finally gaining control of his life."
Kara Thomas, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius|
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Kids growing up/acting up?
- left in charge while parents away
- general coming of age story
- orphan story
Special relationship with
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Is book humorous?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of play on words
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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