[]
[]

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Foer, Jonathan Safran (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Print

Item Details

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. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits 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. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin.
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: 0618329706
9780618329700
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOER
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Fiction Inventors Fiction Terrorism victims' families Fiction September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction Boys Fiction
Topical Term: Inventors
Terrorism victims' families
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Fathers and sons
Boys
LCCN: 2004065131
MARC Display»

Opinion

From Library Staff

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.


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

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.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app02 Version tobio (tobio) Last updated 2014/09/22 11:30