Discuss it at "The Book Venue Buzz"
Eggers worries that because he is neither a woman nor a neat,
well-organized person, people assume that he can't take
care of Toph. Which aspects of Eggers' parenting are most admirable?
Which are most comic? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each
In the remarkable acknowledgments section, which is a brilliant critique
and discussion of the book as a whole, Eggers points out that "the
success of a memoir . . . has a lot to do with how appealing its narrator is. What is appealing about Eggers as a narrator?
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Submitted by Sharon (May 2001)
I thought this book was powerful and cleverly written. Although the story is sad, Eggers has managed to add
a great amount of humor throughout and at the same time convey the anguish of his loss and his tremendous
feelings of responsibility in taking care of his brother Toph. The book entertains from the start, with an unusually
lengthy and funny acknowledgements section. From there Eggers proceeds to tell of his parents' passing and how he and his siblings
coped afterwards. The narrative is filled with touching and humorous details of his and Toph's life together and Eggers frequently
lapses into self criticism, self doubt and general confusion about the circumstances they find themselves in.
Although I personally could do without some of the harsh language, I thought that the energy, humor and reflectiveness of "A Heartbreaking
Work of Staggering Genius" was great.