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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Extremely Loud and 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. 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.

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.


Baker & Taylor
A new novel by the author of Everything Is Illuminated introduces Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center bombing who searches the city for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind. 150,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Jonathan Safran Foer 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, and pacifist. 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2005
ISBN: 0618329706
Branch Call Number: FIC F
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm.

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In this humorous, heartbreaking odyssey, Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the September 11 attacks, scours New York City to unravel the mystery of a key his father left behind.


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Jul 23, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Other than the book being a required read, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was a totally unique book. First of all, the book was told in 3 different perspectives (Oskar, Grandpa and Grandma), but it doesn't tell you who is speaking so you have to figure out yourself. Secondly, the book wasn't told in chronological order, which makes the plot slightly confusing to understand. Lastly, some pages were empty, some filled with pictures, a few pages with only numbers, some pages with only one sentence "excuse me, do you know what time it is", missing punctuation, random scribbles, and don't forget there were 3 pages where there is writing piled on writing piled on writing... These elements I described made me have a hard time understanding the story line. Reason for 4 stars: A theme of this book was love. It was the motivation for 9 yr old Oskar Schell, to search through NYC, finding a lock that pairs up with a key that belonged to his father. I decided to rate this book 4 stars because I felt moved when Oskar, regardless of how impossible his mission may seem, still very determined and persists to find the missing lock. The strong reason behind was love. And because of the son-father love, the search was made possible and at last, he finally found the man behind the lock! I generally liked this book but I thought it'd be useful if it can be shortened by two-thirds. The other two-thirds were distracting and they bothered me from reading all of the good stuff.

Jul 22, 2014
  • beatrice81 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

'this book emotionally harmed me. ''

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.

Oct 16, 2013
  • booklady413 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very important book for those who have lived through 9-11. It is a profound read.

Apr 15, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a heartwrenching story of Oskar who loses his father as one of the victims of Sept 11th - He tries to make sense of his world that is broken and how it relates (or doesn't) while meeting people along for his quest to find the answer to the longing question of what this key represents. Loved how the characters developed and the storyline interwove between the characters - Recommend for a comtemporary read.

Mar 10, 2013
  • Vilka rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Definitely not for everybody; the circuitous, rambling, run-on-sentence writing style reminds me of Jose Saramago. The story of an 8 (?) year old boy coping (or not) with the death of his father in the World Trade Center by obsessively trying to discover the way he died. I couldn't decide whether the boy is a high-functioning autistic--and, later, if a couple of the adults were--or if that was just the author trying to write like a child. The writing jumps at random points from the boy's storyline in the 2000's to his grandmother's and then his grandfather's past in wartime Dresden, then jumps back and forth to points in the boy's more or less recent past. There are some good lines, and some unexpectedly poignant parts--I admit I got misty-eyed near the end when you find out exactly WHY the boy is obsessing so much--but you have to work to get to them and try to make sense of what's going on; the author won't necessarily tell you why you're getting this letter or that passage at this or that time, and sometimes different people's stories don't seem to match up. The overall effect is surreal and 'artsy'. Though overall this wasn't my cup of tea, I did put in the work to finish it and I can see other people liking it.

words are too much for this book because it's words are overwhelmingly beautiful, heartbreaking, clever...and oh so much more...

Nov 04, 2012
  • Jason A. Wilson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful read. At times, it can feel a little over the top, but the author is able to tell this story with so much emotion and beauty.

Oct 21, 2012
  • KGerryH rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I've seen the movie a couple of times and it is excellent. I read the book after seeing the movie, and was very disappointed. I found the story plodding, some of the author's affectations distracting, and although I found some passages brilliant the book never engaged me for more than a page or two at a time. If I hadn't seen the movie, I doubt I would have bothered finishing the book.

Aug 24, 2012
  • markat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in just a few days between homework for graduate school and full-time employment. That good. Couldn't keep the young protagonist out of my heart & head

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Jul 22, 2014
  • beatrice81 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Dec 29, 2011
  • JENBOI rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 23, 2014
  • the_reading_shell rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Other than the book being a required read, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was a totally unique book. First of all, the book was told in 3 different perspectives (Oskar, Grandpa and Grandma), but it doesn't tell you who is speaking so you have to figure out yourself. Secondly, the book wasn't told in chronological order, which makes the plot slightly confusing to understand. Lastly, some pages were empty, some filled with pictures, a few pages with only numbers, some pages with only one sentence "excuse me, do you know what time it is", missing punctuation, random scribbles, and don't forget there were 3 pages where there is writing piled on writing piled on writing... These elements I described made me have a hard time understanding the story line. Reason for 4 stars: A theme of this book was love. It was the motivation for 9 yr old Oskar Schell, to search through NYC, finding a lock that pairs up with a key that belonged to his father. I decided to rate this book 4 stars because I felt moved when Oskar, regardless of how impossible his mission may seem, still very determined and persists to find the missing lock. The strong reason behind was love. And because of the son-father love, the search was made possible and at last, he finally found the man behind the lock! I generally liked this book but I thought it'd be useful if it can be shortened by two-thirds. The other two-thirds were distracting and they bothered me from reading all of the good stuff.

Dec 29, 2011
  • Ginnie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very wierd but interseting book.

Aug 06, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Meet Oskar Schell, and inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, and pacifist. 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 Centre 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 heart beat? 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 fo 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.

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Oct 16, 2013
  • booklady413 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness." page 180

Jul 04, 2012
  • Scribbly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

That's always been my problem. I miss what I already have, and I surround myself with the things that are missing.

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