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Extremely loud & incredibly close
Jonathan Safran Foer
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David L. said:
Not enjoying tragedy, I largely avoid books and images about 9/11. So it was with trepidation that I picked up this novel in which a 9 year old boy's father is killed in that event. But I am SO glad I did! This is a moving, creative and intriguing tale in which suspense, history, family and humor all converge. Readers who enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime will surely enjoy this, as the boys' voices are quite similar.
posted Aug 30, 2006 at 1:02PM
Avatar for Kim B Kim B said:
The perfect ending. Safran Foer is a genius.
posted Apr 30, 2008 at 11:08AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
In his bestselling debut novel Everything is Illuminated, author Jonathon Safran Foer told a tragic-comic tale about a dark period—World War II and the Holocaust. In his follow-up bestseller Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer does the same with a tragedy from the more recent past. His new hero, Oskar Schell, is the nine-year-old son of a man who died in the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center. Struggling with his loss, Oskar maintains an offbeat sense of humor and an insatiable curiosity. When he finds a mysterious key in an envelope labeled “Black” in his father’s closet, Oskar sets out on a journey through New York City to interview every person with that last name—all 262 of them. As Oskar meets quirky character after quirky character, his story merges with those of his grandparents—his clinging, hoping grandmother who lives across the street and his long-absent, mute grandfather who survived a tragic event of his own. Oskar is aided on his journey by his many hobbies, including inventing, starring in Shakespearean plays, and letter-writing. He’s a brainy, daydreaming, worrywart whose story is scattered with black and white photographs, slangy kid-speak, and inventive uses of text like a two-page apology typed in numerical code. Jonathon Safran Foer is an extremely inventive and incredibly original writer, and sad though his story is at times (and there’s beauty there too), young Oskar is an irresistible narrator.
posted Nov 20, 2009 at 5:27PM
SLindorff said:
Beautiful, beautiful book! The lead character makes you laugh, breaks your heart and then has you laughing again. Very interesting approach to telling the story (pictures and type-setting tricks somehow make this more than just a typical piece of prose).
posted Dec 29, 2009 at 5:46PM
Avatar for Alexa Alexa said:
I love this book to death. It’s everything I like in a book : Drama, humor and a tragic death. He had some really good quotes in there too. I think this is one of the best books I ever read.
posted Apr 7, 2010 at 11:45AM
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Amateur inventor; jewelry designer; astrophysicist; tambourine player; father was killed in the September 11 attacks.

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