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)
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...?
Don't know how to rate it.
First one for me
Thomas the grand father.
Little Thomas grand mother. She just seem to have more of a story to tell.
After many recommendations, I had been wanting to read this book for years. The story was slow, plodding and maybe interesting to a New Yorker or big city person. Plot was not believable and the main character, Oscar, not particularly admirable. First listen I came very close to not finishing.
I can only say great things! An amazing story told in a unique way by vivid characters. The readers were outstanding. There's a lot of pain in this book and some moments of joy. I like fiction that gives me an emotional ride, and this sure did!
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.
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