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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Sobergirl of Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Saturday, September 08, 2007
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by boirina): to be read


11 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Saturday, September 08, 2007

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Synopsis
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace. 


Journal Entry 2 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Thursday, September 20, 2007

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This one was cute in the beginning with the 9 year-old telling things from his perspective. In time he got very annoying.
This is a very strange book and I read only til page 40something. Too weird for me.
 


Journal Entry 3 by Sobergirl from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi Finland on Thursday, September 20, 2007

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European bookring!

Guidelines:
Last date to join Tuesday 25th Sept 2007. The bookring is now closed. No more participants.
You must live in Europe to join
You must be willing to mail internationally (surface/economy mail more than fine!)
Make a JE when you receive the book
Read it withing a month
Contact the next person on the list for their address
Make a JE saying what you thought of the book
Send the book along

Questions? Please PM me!

Participants:
Niksu, Finland
bumbelbee, the Netherlands
Hingrald, Sweden
BAMP, Sweden
Pulcherrima, Denmark
Annodyne, UK
Chich, France
Deadendmind, Greece
JamsODonnellToo, Germany
Boirina, Portugal
Back to me, Sobergirl

 


Journal Entry 4 by wingNiksuwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland on Thursday, September 27, 2007

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This came yesterday. Thanks sobergirl! I needed to come to library PC since nothing works at home or work. Oh joy!

I have started reading the book (page 102) and liked so far. Looking forward to know what happens to Oskar. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingNiksuwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland on Monday, October 01, 2007

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I finished this during the weekend. I truly enjoyed reading this book, it was definitely one of the best books I've read this year! I've been meaning to read the book for so many times so I'm glad I finally joined one of the rings.

9/11 is a sensitive topic what I have understood from my friend who lives in NY. Even with him, it's difficult to talk about what happend and he is not even american. I think the story told from Oskars view overlooks a lot. He is able to say out loud a lot just because his a small kid and sees everything more straightforwarding than the adults might. This was a heartbreaking as the front cover says.

Thank you Sobergirl for sharing this great book! I already have bumbelbees address so sending the book to Holland today. Keep Them Moving #89.

***Edit: Sent 3.10 


Journal Entry 6 by bumbelbee from Haarlem, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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I received the book on monday and I'm really looking forward to reading it. I'm gonna start reading right away, so I can send it allong quickly! 


Journal Entry 7 by bumbelbee from Haarlem, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, October 18, 2007

9 out of 10

I send the book last Tuesday to Hingrald, so it should arrive any day now.
I really enjoyed this book, thanks again for this bookring Sobergirl. I thought Oskar was a wonderful main character, to me he was very lifelike. The story itself was written very loving, you can feel that the writer himself cherished his characters. To me this was one of those books you don’t wanna finish, you wanna savour it as long as you can. But on the other hand is the book so good you can’t stop reading. In other words, I was a bit disappointed when I finished the book, because I didn’t want it to end. I think that feeling alone makes it a good book.

Anyway, I hope the rest of you will enjoy it as much as I did.
 


Journal Entry 8 by winghingraldwing from Motala, Östergötland Sweden on Thursday, October 18, 2007

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The book is here, arrived today. Thank you very much! 


Journal Entry 9 by winghingraldwing from Motala, Östergötland Sweden on Monday, December 03, 2007

8 out of 10

Through the whole book I wished that Oscar Schell had a near person to discuss his thoughts with. Now he talk to a lot of people but hide his innermost ideas. He miss of course his father, he was that person.

Many thanks to Sobergirl for giving me this experience.It was the first book by Foer I read. Perhaps I read any more another year.
Sorry I´ve had the book more than one month. Today I´ll send it to BAMP. 


Journal Entry 10 by wingBAMPwing from Linköping, Östergötland Sweden on Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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Today I obtained the book hingrald kindly send to me. I will read it with curiosity. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingpulcherrimawing from Aarhus N, Århus Amt Denmark on Sunday, January 06, 2008

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I received the book yesterday, and I look forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 12 by wingBAMPwing from Linköping, Östergötland Sweden on Monday, January 07, 2008

9 out of 10

This book was the last I read in the year of the pig.
January 3:rd 2008 I sent the book to Denmark. I was very amazed to find that the JE of pulcherrima appeard three days later, on sunday. She had got it alredy on saturday! In Sweden we havn´t mailmans on saturday. That´s service!

I loved this book very much and was deeply affected by Oscar. I don´t know if it was the intention of the author that the book should point at mans inquiring. To me it grow to a symbol for that.

I am glad to be able to participate in this ring and I wish you all enjoyable reading! 


Journal Entry 13 by wingpulcherrimawing from Aarhus N, Århus Amt Denmark on Monday, January 28, 2008

10 out of 10

A very moving book which actually made me shed some tears twice - not very like me! I really enjoyed the main character's way to observe our everyday world and his way to handle the problems he is confronted with. I just loved the many people he meets in New York and their amazing lives. Particularly i loved the story of the women who lives in the Empire State Building.
The book is also a way of dealing with 9/11 and I think that Oscar's thoughts could be very useful to many Americans. Also, the book is filled with pictures of Things Which Happened to Oscar - a truly great idea by the author.
The book reminded me of The Curious Incidents of the Dog in the Night Time which I read during Christmas and if you haven't read that one yet, and liked this one, I will recommend it.

I have already got Annodyne's address and will send it asap.. or ASAP. (As Oscar would have said it)
 


Journal Entry 14 by Annodyne from Sale, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 02, 2008

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I've been away on a course since Jan 29th and only just arrived home today to find 3 books waiting for me, of which this is one. It's like Christmas! Thank you for posting it from Denmark for me pulcherrima, together with the interesting postcard of Den Gamle By. I'd love to see the geese wandering about in the streets!

Hoping to get the book read, journalled and passed on again soon.

 


Journal Entry 15 by Annodyne from Sale, Cheshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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First - a small recommendation from me. I'd read -and enjoyed - Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated, so I know that he has his own distinctive and very individual style as a writer. I wasn't very far into Extremely Loud..when I thought it reminded me of something ele that I'd read. Then it came to me: it was The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. As it happens, Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer are married to each other. They live in New York with their young son. (I wonder, who influenced who as a writer?) If you liked Extremely Loud and Amazingly Close, you will probably also enjoy The History of Love if you haven't already read it.

But to turn specifically with Extremely Loud...this book has been on my wish list for a long time, and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to have read it at last. I loved the character of the young and troubled Oskar, searching for answers in a world full of questions, where loss and sudden destruction are liable to literally explode into the lives of ourselves and those we love.

The author has taken a difficult subject, and presented it in a sensitive and imaginative way. This is a great book. I wish I was still reading it! PMing Chich for her address, and then I'll be posting this on to her in France.

Monday 18/2/08 - edited to add that I've posted this on to chich by airmail today. 


Journal Entry 16 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Monday, February 25, 2008

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Image hosting by Photobucket Book received today, thanks a lot Annodyne (and thanks for the lovely postcard, too)! 


Journal Entry 17 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Friday, February 29, 2008

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I have to admit that this book was quite a disappointment. I liked the plot and Oskar's character but the writing style really bothered me. I found it too erratic, somehow disorganized and overall annoying. Well, it looks like I'm the only one who didn't enjoy this read so far, so I guess this book just wasn't for me;)

Thanks for sharing sobergirl!

I've already asked deadenmind for her address and will send her the book as soon as she gives it to me. 


Journal Entry 18 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Monday, March 03, 2008

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Book sent to Deadendmind today, enjoy!


Entry #9 for the 2008 Keep Them Moving Challenge
 


Journal Entry 19 by deadendmind from Athens, Attica Greece on Friday, March 07, 2008

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Received today! Will get to it soon, thank you! 


Journal Entry 20 by deadendmind from Athens, Attica Greece on Friday, March 21, 2008

10 out of 10

I've sent the book on to JamsODonnellToo! Then I remembered I haven't journaled it! *slaps forehead*

I loved it, it was one of the best books I've read in some time. I will definitely be looking for Foer's other book. Thank you sobergirl for giving me the chance to discover this book! 


Journal Entry 21 by JamsODonnellToo from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, March 22, 2008

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Found it in the mail today, with a lovely postcard from deadendmind - thanks a lot! Can't wait to read it, but it will have to queue a bit, thanks in advance for your patience... 


Journal Entry 22 by JamsODonnellToo from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, April 25, 2008

8 out of 10

Wonderful, I loved it. I couldn't stop crying for about 1 hour after I finished it, although I can probably blame it on my somewhat hormonal mood (my baby's due in 2 days :-O). I'll definitely read more from this author, I'm so glad I joined this bookring. Thank you sobergirl for sending this around! The book is on its way to boirina now. Enjoy!

 


Journal Entry 23 by boirina from Calvià, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Monday, May 12, 2008

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The book got here safely. I have some bookrings at home at the moment, so I might take a little longer with this one but, as I seem to be the last one, I hope that won't be a problem.

Thanks for sharing! 




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