This novel is written from the perspective of three different characters, all of whom have experienced trauma and all of whom live with some level of dysfunction. I found myself thoroughly enthralled in each of the characters and despite the incredible sadness each of these characters faced throughout their life times, I felt myself wanted to know what happened next on their crazy ride (vs. curling up in a ball and crying with them). I whole-heartedly recommend this book!
Adults just don't understand what goes on in a child mind after a catastrophic loss. The book held my interest most of the time.
I can understand why this book ended up on Audible's list of "rants and raves." There are parts of the narrative and some of the characters that are truly enchanting. At other times, I truly wondered why the author was off on a particular tangent as some of the detractors in reviews had described.
Still, the book is worth the credit and the balance comes down on the rave side. The boy is too delightful to pass up just because grandma and grandpa are sometimes tedious.
I love love loved listening to the gifted little boy's part; other reviews I read made it sound like it was the voices of the other readers that brought down people's reviews, but I thought their readings were well done -- it was the characters themselves who needed help. Oh, so much help. I was very pleased to stick it out to the end, but I cried too much on the way there.
A side note -- this is the only book I've come across that's made the Dresden bombings real enough for me to understand.
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the author and his wife are gifted.. having them both talking about stories at the same time would be almost as good as this book.. i stared at the 9-11 falling man for awhile after hearing this story.. amazing. i cant wait for more from the author and his wife.. this book puts the extremely loud and the incredibly close in love.
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The young boy in this book is a charmer and the author gets his voice exactly right. The folks he meets on his adventures are equally interesting. However the adults in his life, and their stories, were confused and confusing. I felt there was a deep philosophy offered I just didn't get
I expected this to be kind of a funny book. I did not expect it to move me to tears and to touch me as deeply as it did. This is a book that you will remember for life. I highly recommend it. If you or your love one has Asperger's Syndrome it will give you compassion for their obsessive ways. We should all have a grandmother like the one in this story.
What a moving, entertaining story. Oscar captivated me with his first outrageous words. He is so authentically portrayed (Jonathan Safran Foer never slipped up on Oscar's voice -- he absolutely must 'be' or 'know' Oscar) that I want to believe it's all true but also fear it may be. Ms. Schell (his mother) amazed me as well. So little narrative is expended on her but her strength shines. So sorry when it ended.
The narration was a pleasure to listen to. 5 stars apiece for them.
This is the story of Oscar, a child who has learned what loss is all about, who knows regret and guilt at an age when children should not feel these things. Greatly affected by 9/11 and the fire bombing of Dresden, Oscar's family are trying to hold on to some sense of normal. Oscar himself, is a charming and disarming child, your narrator, a bright boy that is looking for a lock that will fit a key that was his father's. This is a touching story of love, loss, pain and patience.
Beautifully read. I was not a fan of his first book but loved this one. It reminded me a lot of his wife's book "The History of Love" in style and pace. Highly recommended.