Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
1 journaler for this copy...
Here it goes and I'll come back for more when I'm over and done with it.
Meanwhile, here's the 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"
I liked it a lot: the book is witty and insightful although a bit sad at times.
This is a book written from several viewpoints. We have the story of Oskar and in some ways it brought me echoes of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' though its never stated that the boy has Asperger's syndrome. Oskar is however obsessive and seems to tend strongly towards an autistic personality. Then, we have the relationship between Oskar's Grandmother and Grandfather who is literally dumb and has to communicate by writing. The relationship begins in Dresden immediately prior to the bombing in 1945 and through this provides a kind of analogy to the loss of Oskar's father.
For ME this is modern literature whatever that really is, and modern literature at its best.
Immediatly after finnishing, lended it to V. for I bet she will like it as well...
06.06.2007 - And she told me she absolutely loved it! I knew she would!! :-)