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Glynis, January 12, 2015 (view all comments by Glynis)
This quickly became one of my favorite books. Foer writes in an unconventional style, combining words and images. The result is that this book will impact you deeply on an emotional level. The protagonist, Oscar, is a clever, witty child whose journey reminds you to always be searching for new perspective. The story is engaging - forcing you to laugh out loud, then cry, then laugh again. A must read.
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Ann Berlureau, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Ann Berlureau)
Extremely creative and incredibly well written! Am reading it for the second time to figure out how it works!
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mischamarie, January 13, 2012 (view all comments by mischamarie)
One of the most poignant and heart wrenching books. It is so beautifully written and draws the reader into the world of Oskar Schell. It is impossible not to be rooting for Oskar to discover the secret of the key and to be pulled along in his journey as he learns to cope with loss and life.
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The subject matter could have been a real downer, and it was in places, but the unique outlook of Oskar made it into something inspiring.
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I found this book by chance and was so glad I did. This is a very different post-9/11 book and is a touchstone to lots of different threads: tender, mysterious, poignant, faith, and a youthful heroism. It is also a very creative book. I was excited to learn that it is now a theatrical release, but no matter how good, there is no way that seeing the movie can top journeying with this young boy in person. This is a book that I would keep on my bookshelf for many return visits.
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Product Details

A Novel
Foer, Jonathan Safran
Mariner Books
New york (n.y.)
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
April 4, 2006
Grade Level:
8.26x5.46x.92 in. .81 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618711659 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I absolutely loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close a most precious and delightful novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Oskar Schell made me laugh, smile, and just feel good. He is a charmer who's won my heart through the tears and the joy.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one of those novels you'll be sorry to see end. Inventor, jewelry designer, Francophile, tambourine player, and pacifist, nine-year-old Oskar careens from Central Park to Coney Island searching for a lock to fit the mysterious key left by his now deceased father. Oskar is endearing and imaginative; his voice captivates from the first page to the last. He tends to attract a motley crew of characters all groping for catharsis amidst various degrees of loss. Again, Foer tackles the big questions of love, truth, and beauty with a flare rare amongst contemporary writers.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Oskar Schell, hero of this brilliant follow-up to Foer's bestselling Everything Is Illuminated, is a nine-year-old amateur inventor, jewelry designer, astrophysicist, tambourine player and pacifist. Like the second-language narrator of Illuminated, Oskar turns his navely precocious vocabulary to the understanding of historical tragedy, as he searches New York for the lock that matches a mysterious key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks, a quest that intertwines with the story of his grandparents, whose lives were blighted by the firebombing of Dresden. Foer embellishes the narrative with evocative graphics, including photographs, colored highlights and passages of illegibly overwritten text, and takes his unique flair for the poetry of miscommunication to occasionally gimmicky lengths, like a two-page soliloquy written entirely in numerical code. Although not quite the comic tour de force that Illuminated was, the novel is replete with hilarious and appalling passages, as when, during show-and-tell, Oskar plays a harrowing recording by a Hiroshima survivor and then launches into a Poindexterish disquisition on the bomb's 'charring effect.' It's more of a challenge to play in the same way with the very recent collapse of the towers, but Foer gambles on the power of his protagonist's voice to transform the cataclysm from raw current event to a tragedy at once visceral and mythical. Unafraid to show his traumatized characters' constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love and beauty. Agent, Nicole Aragi. 11-city author tour; foreign rights sold in 12 countries. (Apr. 4)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[B]eautifully designed second from the gifted young author....[A] riveting narrative....[A] brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that 'in the end, everyone loses everyone.' Yes, but look what Foer has found."
"Review" by , "[Oskar's] first-person narration of his journey is arrestingly beautiful, and readers won't soon forget him....[W]hen the stories finally come together, the result is an emotionally devastating climax."
"Review" by , "Perhaps Foer's book is the opening trickle in a flood of World Trade Center novels to come. Most will undoubtedly be worse than this one because few writers of any age can wield a pen with Foer's intensity, yet few will be so extremely manipulative and incredibly cloying."
"Review" by , "Even if a few of [Foer's] gambits fall flat, it's hard to fault a 28-year-old novelist for such an intense hunger to connect. Especially when he's offering such a treasure...all of which bring home a little more of the specific human pain of 9/11. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "Foer's novel is an adventure in reading, packed with unique elements that illustrate the story....Though far from perfect, this book is worth its cover price as admission to the show."
"Review" by , "Although [the Dresden] story is not quite as evocative as Oskar's, it does carry forward and connect firmly to the rest of the novel. The two stories finally intersect in a powerful conclusion that will make even the most jaded hearts fall."
"Review" by , "The general impression one gets here is of a young writer who wants desperately to have something important to say....What Foer needs is more discipline in establishing narrative tone, and a surer sense of which of his technical gimmicks has any purpose."
"Review" by , "Jonathan Safran Foer's new novel is the mirror image of its young protagonist. The book is energetic, inventive, and ambitious, while also, at times, indulgent, contrived, and crushingly desperate for attention."
"Review" by , "Extremely Loud suffers a bit from its tendency toward the grotesque....Fortunately, the best sections of the novel are the most plentiful: Oskar's unconscious comedy and his poignant search for information about the man who spun bedtime stories out of fantasy and science."
"Review" by , "While it contains moments of shattering emotion and stunning virtuosity that attest to Mr. Foer's myriad gifts as a writer, the novel as a whole feels simultaneously contrived and improvisatory, schematic and haphazard." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been one of the most discussed, acclaimed, and debated novels in recent memory. And with good reason—as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted, "Jonathan Safran Foer has done something both masterful and absolutely necessary: he has written the first great novel about September 11." Foer confronts a subject few writers have dared approach, and what he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is on a mission to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. As he roams the five boroughs, Oskar encounters a motley assortment of people who are all survivors in their own way. His journey concludes in an emotional climax of truth, beauty, and heartbreak.

In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer once again demonstrates his ability to evoke and unravel the most personal and complex matters of the heart.

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