Monday, August 06, 2012

Ten fantastic novels with disappointing endings

At Flavorpill, Judy Berman rounded up ten fantastic novels with disappointing endings, including:
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Who could resist getting swept up in Foer’s fantastical, cross-generational novel about a young, American writer named Jonathan Safran Foer who travels to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather’s life during the Holocaust? But the plot coalesces a bit too coincidentally when the crew makes it to the field that was once Trachimbrod, the village Jonathan’s grandfather escaped from — and we eventually discover that Jonathan’s elderly guide once condemned his best friend to death at the hands of Nazis in that very same place. From then on, that story line (one of three threads Foer weaves together) strains under the weight of this extremely unlikely connection.
Read about another novel on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue