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)
I didn't read the printed version
I liked the characters, and the story/secrets told from many sides.
Oscar, who carries the weight of the world with him completely oblivious to the fact that other people also carry their own burdens.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
It blatantly tries to emotionally move you in the cheapest possible way.
The best thing he could have done is not write it.
Cheap emotional titillation.
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.
I really liked the conversations between Oscar and Thomas. It's very realistic and it reminds me of when I asked my parents questions when I was little. The whole dialogue is very well performed and written.
I loved the detail and performance of the part when Oscar and his mother are visiting a shrink and he's listening through the door.
Yes. This one is great--the author does a wonderful job shifting character's voices. I enjoyed all the narrators in this book.
The part about Dresden made me sad, but it was a great description/narrative. That in contrast with the description of 9/11 was hauntingly similar. Very well written.
In the second part, Chapter 3 just a few seconds before !;28:43, the grandmother is in the middle of her narrative and then Oscar's voice pops in--it didn't completely make sense to the story..I think it might be a syncing error...?
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