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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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    Mary Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-28-12
    Mary Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2001
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    What did you like best about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? What did you like least?

    I wasted a lot of time waiting for the purpose of this book and the joke was on me, there was none.


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

    Plot, reason for the story, meaning? It was a rambling narration. The characters were interesting, but they did nothing and went no where.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I liked Mr Black, but then he just disappeared. He was old, did he die, did he go live on the empire state building? It was frustrating.


    Was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close worth the listening time?

    No, it was not. I really hate investing the time to listen to a book all the way through to find out I have been had. It was an excercise in futility because it was just words. Since they made this book a movie, I thought it would have been better.


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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 01-31-12
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    I did not enjoy this book...I found it tedious and implausable. Maybe the movie is better, but it was nothing like I expected it to be.

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    Philippa Powder Springs, GA, United States 01-24-12
    Philippa Powder Springs, GA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to your friends? Why or why not?

    I guess I had wrong expectations about this book and do not seem to understand many of the author's ways of expressing things. I found the book rather depressing but not for the references to 9/11 rather for the family relations. I guess there is too much left for personal interpretation.


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    ANNE 01-08-12
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    What can I say? I gave it a chance and deleted it - ugh! The narrators, the story... incredibly disappointing.

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    Jodi S Norman, OK, USA 08-07-07
    Jodi S Norman, OK, USA 08-07-07
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    "Boring"

    It seems like an interesting premise, but the story does not deliver. It drags on and nothing interesting ever happens. Too much repetition, you can only listen to the grandparents say "Nothing/Something" so many times before you want to stop listening. The parts where the grandparents are telling their story are the worst. Oscar is interesting and funny, the whole book should have been about him.

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    DD ENNIS, TX, United States 07-11-07
    DD ENNIS, TX, United States 07-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    This books was well written but the story was uninsteresting.

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    Andre New York, NY, United States 06-29-05
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    "Extremely boring"

    After listening to the first six hours of this book I had to give up. Perhaps it was unreasonable to expect this child narrator to be as compelling as the one in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time". At turns too cute and simply unbelievable, this book is the first I haven't been able to stick with until the end. A real disappointment.

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    The three main charaters are a nine year old boy and his paternal grandparents who built a personal world based on the concept of "nothing." This novel promotes the concept of nothing as an alternative to life. This novel is pure human evil.

    5 of 59 people found this review helpful
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