Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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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.
This is a very strange book and I read only til page 40something. Too weird for me.
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I have started reading the book (page 102) and liked so far. Looking forward to know what happens to Oskar.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
Hoping to get the book read, journalled and passed on again soon.
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.
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.
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!
Thanks for sharing!