Don't get me wrong - Alex is a funny character, and I don't regret reading the book. I liked it. It's just that, as with so many books that are over-hyped, I somehow have failed to see what the hoopla was about.
I mean, the story's material is not new (Holocaust survivors & their family members who search so they can understand the experience). The way in which it was written was not new (intertwining stories has been done oodles of times, and as for totally wrenching form and mangling it beyond recognition, I think James Joyce has covered that ground fairly comprehensively).
I guess I just missed what bumped this from a good novel up to a must-read, brilliant one.