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  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    3 posts, 3 voices, 763 views, started Sep 4, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 by Feathermaye


    • Carnelian

      Recently I finished reading one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve ever put my eyes to: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, the same young man that gave to us Everything Is Illuminated. (Everything Is Illuminated was also adapted into a very popular film starring Elijah Wood as the author himself.)

      In “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close“, Mr. Foer takes us into the world and mind of an anything-but-ordinary, 9 year old named Oskar Schell. Oskar’s life is extremely complex and he knows about a lot of things that he wishes he didn’t. You see, Oskar’s father was killed in the 9/11 attacks, and Oskar has not (at nearly 2 years later) really dealt with it.

      The adults around Oskar are so caught up in dealing with their grief that somehow, Oskar is left to his own devices. And, one thing we learn early about Oskar Schell is that he comes equipped with LOTS of devices, both real and imagined.

      The pace of this novel is amazing, and sometimes breathtaking. It’s also remarkable, the way I felt like I was tagging along behind Oskar on his adventures. I felt his triumphs, his anguish, and his never-ending confusion at the behavior of the adults around them.

      This book was a find at my local library book sale, and I have to say it’s the best surprise of my recent reading life. I highly recommend it!!


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          Feathermaye wrote Sep 6, 2008
        • I haven’t read Everything Is Illuminated, but enjoyed the movie a lot. I had never even heard of the author before buying this book.

          I had assumed the sometimes-choppy style he has was because he was mostly writing from a child’s point of view. Now I’m curious to get the other so I can compare.

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