Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

Title:Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780618711659
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  • Kim

    There are books that affect me and then there are books that kill me. This falls in the latter. I cried on the couch, I cried on the bus, I cried at stoplights, I cried at work.. I cried more over thi...

  • brian

    well, i'm naturally drawn to those people who are overwhelmed by existence, by people who hurt too easily; who, for them, life seems to be almost too much: for whom the unceasing cacophony of thought ...

  • Ben

    There must be something wrong with me. I’m not as smart as my goodreader friends. I lack empathy. My humor is deficient. I have no compassion. And I suck at life.Of the 40 of you “friends” who r...

  • Bart

    When Thomas Pynchon invented what James Wood later named “hyper realism”, he did literature no favors. To read Pynchon is to witness genius at its most joyless. A mind capable of inventing myriad ...

  • Andy

    A more apt title would have been Terribly Artificial and Unbearably Pretentious. This seems like the kind of thing I would have thought was a profound idea when I myself was nine, laboring on crayon i...

  • Paul Bryant

    I’m Oskar with a k like Liza with a Z cause Oskar with a k is krazy (also kind, klever and kultured). I’m 10 going on Dalai Lama. I make jewellery (I know!) and collect butterflies who have died n...

  • emma

    WARNING: EARNEST REVIEW AHEAD. Very genuine and emotional and generally gross.I love Jonathan Safran Foer. I love him even though chances seem high that he is quite pretentious (have you read that New...

  • Amanda

    Today while tutoring, I've met with one student right at 1 and another at 4. In between those times, I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Perhaps that was not the smartest thing to do...Sometim...

  • Lawyer

    Extremely Loud and Incredbily Close: Jonathan Foer's novel of love, loss, and memoryThere are events that leave an indelible stamp on us for a great portion of our lives. This happens from generation ...

  • BlackOxford

    An Abuse of ChildhoodTraumatic tragedy makes good newspaper copy, especially when it involves children. The combination of horror and sentiment seems irresistible. But does it really serve for good fi...