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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close | [Jonathan Safran Foer]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.
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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

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

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Multi-Voiced Performance

"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)

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    Ms Coffee SF Bay 01-02-14
    Ms Coffee SF Bay 01-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Coffee Maven

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    "Enjoyable read"
    If you could sum up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in three words, what would they be?

    It is much better than the movie


    Who was the most memorable character of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and why?

    Oskar!
    You will fall in love with his character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peryn 09-29-13
    Peryn 09-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Story is good, narration was inconsistent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters, and the story/secrets told from many sides.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and why?

    Oscar, who carries the weight of the world with him completely oblivious to the fact that other people also carry their own burdens.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I found it hard to tell what character was speaking, sometimes the voice sounded different even in the middle of a sentence. I guess that would be more of an editing problem than a narration one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annie 08-29-13
    Annie 08-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Rather adorable.

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    "Extremely good and incredibly endearing"

    Let me start by saying I have never seen the movie, but hear it is quite good - so I don't know how the 2 compare. I have had this book for quite a while and mostly bought it based on the Audible reviews. I did drag my feet reading it because part of the story revolves around 9-11 and I just didn't want to read a depressing book. The story is about a family and its history for generations, not just the 9-11 event (so don't let that stop you from reading it).The story starts from the perspective of a small boy, Oscar. I loved his voice or inner dialog. It reminded me of The Power of One (an all time favorite book of mine). The book then jumps around with different chapters being told through the voice of different characters. It was a bit confusing at first but it eventually all starts to pull together. I ended up actually loving this book. the book didn't depress me but it definitely gave my heart strings a good yank.

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    Mike M. Javanmard 08-21-13

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    "Interesting but got bored with it"

    This was a good story but for some reason I got bored with it. Why? Dont know.

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    Abstractchick 08-17-13

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    "I couldn't miss a single part."

    I loved the characters in this book.It is written with such a clever wit, but the voices really draw you into the story.This is about a boy Oscar, whose father died in 9/11. It doesn't focus on the sadness but on the relationships that link to his father. I felt I could not miss one single part of this book. The kid is very quirky all loaded with dreams, fears and love. I would recommend this. Make sure you can really listen to the first of the book and you will be drawn in as well. So Good!

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    DebJean25 08-06-13
    DebJean25 08-06-13
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    "Incredibly Fantastic"

    Just loved it. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
    I can't imagine the movie being able to portray the complex and amazing 9 year old Oskar as written by Foer. And the narrators were just fabulous. Very entertaining. I'll be listening to it again.

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    Amazon Buyer Lakeside, CA, United States 07-21-13
    Amazon Buyer Lakeside, CA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Maintains Interest"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I rent audio books to break up my long commute. This book was entertaining and captured my interest from beginning to end. An inappropriate child and odd family dynamic keep you wanting to know what happens next. The unfiltered thoughts of an unemotional, intellegent child give a dark but true view of the world.


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    Lesley MADISON, AL, United States 05-22-13
    Lesley MADISON, AL, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I thought this book would never end..... A good storyline but the dialogue disappointed me.

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    benlawraus 05-18-13
    benlawraus 05-18-13
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    "Definition of Cheesy"
    What disappointed you about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    It blatantly tries to emotionally move you in the cheapest possible way.


    What could Jonathan Safran Foer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The best thing he could have done is not write it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good performance


    Any additional comments?

    Cheap emotional titillation.

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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 04-29-13
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    This is a remarkable book! Others will tell of the story line, but I will tell of my longing for time immersed in the story listening and wanting for more time to remain there. There is such power in this story, a way into the heart of love, lost, and how hard it is to be a parent. I just couldnt believe how much more powerful it was than the movie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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