Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is a precocious Francophile who idolizes Stephen Hawking and plays the tambourine extremely well. He's also a boy struggling to come to terms with his father's death in the World Trade Center attacks. As he searches New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key his father left behind, Oskar discovers much more than he could have imagined.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a masterfully imagined novel from an author Time hails as "a certified wunderkind".
©2005 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"Piercing and so funny." (The Bookseller)
"[Oskar's] first-person narration of his journey is arrestingly beautiful, and readers won't soon forget him." (Booklist)
"Jonathan Safran Foer's second novel is everything one hoped it would be: ambitious, pyrotechnic, riddling, and above all...extremely moving. An exceptional achievement." (Salman Rushdie)
"Brilliant....Unafraid to show his traumatized characters' constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love, and beauty." (Publishers Weekly)
love to read
not applicable as I have not yet read the print version.
When Oscar's Gramma is telling her tale of how she could see, and was hitting the space bar over and over and over. Sad, and telling.
I wouldn't. I love the title.
I recommend this book for everyone. My Sixteen year old listened with me and enjoyed it very much.
I don't think it could get there for me.
This book might me interesting to a psychologist or someone interested in family systems, etc. It moved too slowly. Reading about dysfunctional people in dysfunctional families and trying to follow their thoughts and motivations just doesn't do anything for me other than make me uncomfortable. Completely unsatisfying.
Better than the story. (OK, it was 4)
there's too many to pick one
as awesome as always for Richard Ferrone - and everyone else is wonderful as well
both laugh and cry
This should be required listening and reading
I had seen the movie, so I thought I knew what to expect...Whoohooo was I wrong. The book is so much better!
I loved listening to it. The multiple reading voices just makes the story come to life so much better than the visual images found in the movie.
I have a hard time answering this question. I find all of the characters so human, so natural, and so realistic that I like all of them... and I dislike all of them too.
The bedroom in upstairs Mr. Black's apartment. The magnetized bed! What an awesome tribute of love.
I'd love to take the Grandfather out to dinner. He has so much to say, and because he doesn't speak, he's so much more eloquent than many people.
The only thing I wish were different: I wish the narrator had had a younger sounding voice.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
This story was in search of a direction. Never really sure where it was headed.
I think the story itself is very complex. The narrators did a good job, however I gave it one star on performance because on part two the grandmother is speaking and in the middle of her conversation the boy jumps in with something way off topic, then back to the grandmother. It really bothered me so I found a paperback version of the book and from what I can gather it is not in the paperback version. I do believe this is an editing issue. If I am wrong then I am sorry but this distracted me from the actual story.
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
I just finished this book and am having a little trouble getting my arms entirely around it. I started the first third of the book, then went back and started over. I enjoyed the character Oskar very much - his quests, inventions, methods of coping and overall approach to the world. His observations often made me laugh out loud, as did the numerous reply letters received from an eclectic array of scholars and personalities. Conversely, Oskar’s episodes of obvious grief and pain (heavy boots) often made me a little misty….. when that happened, I gave myself a little bruise. But I didn’t particularly care for the weaving in of Oskar’s grandparents’ side/back stories. To me, while they emphasized the overall theme, they nonetheless interrupted the main storyline. I didn’t feel that the payoff at the end compensated me for the constant intrusion. I cared very much for Oskar and his father, and Oskar’s family and friends, but only in their direct relationship to him. I’d be interested to see how the screenwriter dealt with these generational relationships.
I never like to, 'give up' on a book. So, I stayed with it and hoped that somewhere, the story would gain momentum and my intrest would take hold. But, sad to say; I was bored with the confusing characters. Halfway through, I surrendered and quit.
Is this about the kid, the mom,the dad, grandma, grandpa, Dresden, 9/11, or old Mr. Black? It's hard to tell when all the loose ends remain loose when the narrator says 'The End'. There were so many bits of stuff here that were never resolved that the story ends with the listener saying 'You have GOT to be kidding!'
Too many unresolved subplots. Actually, the whole book consists of unresolved subplots. It's a little like modern classical music in that way. Lots of notes and noise but very little actual meaning.
None. They were fine.
It was in English. Old Mr. Black upstairs was the one character who made sense, But what happened to him? Another loose end.
I hope the movie rewrote the ending and left out the odd sexy bits that really didn't add to the plot. Oh wait, there wasn't a plot. Never mind.
Narrator was really good.
Didn't like the story, just got boring after some time.
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