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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Foer, Jonathan Safran (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
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Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
Authors: Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977-
Title: Extremely loud & incredibly close
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005
Characteristics: 326 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Safran Foer
ISBN: 9780618329700
0618329706
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOER
Subject Headings: Boys Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Fiction Terrorism victims' families Fiction Inventors Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction
Topical Term: Boys
Fathers and sons
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Terrorism victims' families
Inventors
LCCN: 2004065131
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Nine year old Meet Oskar Schell, inventor, Francophile, pacifist, and much more, struggles to the hidden meaning he is sure is buried in the mystery of his father's death in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Nine year old Meet Oskar Schell, inventor, Francophile, pacifist, and much more, struggles to the hidden meaning he is sure is buried in the mystery of his father's death in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly ... Read More »

Oskar Schell, a gifted 9-year old, explores the mystery of his father’s death during the 9/11 attack.


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Oct 31, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Foer's first novel is one of my least favorite of the decade, but this may have supplanted it. I don't know exactly what it is I can't stand about him (well, everything really), but few writers annoy me like he does. Narrated by an absurdly precocious 9 year old boy who lost his father in 9/11, "Extremely Close" presents itself as a virtuosic tour of post-9/11 NYC, as well as a linguistically creative, experimental novel, incorporating photographs, multiple fonts, idiosyncratic grammar and formating and illustrations. The writing style is somewhat similar to "Motherless Brooklyn" and "Curious Incident of the Dog" in its use of an eccentric, possibly autistic narrator. It ends with photos of the man falling from the Tower, which feels exploitive and attempt to infuse a profundity and depth that this sorely lacks. A travesty.

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