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 wasted a lot of time waiting for the purpose of this book and the joke was on me, there was none.
Plot, reason for the story, meaning? It was a rambling narration. The characters were interesting, but they did nothing and went no where.
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.
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.
Ce n'est pas grave!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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