Extremely loud and incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer

This is a novel about a 9 year old boy coping with the death of his father on 9/11. He finds a key which he believes his father has left him as one of their regular puzzles. To find the answer he must question people who may or may not have a connection to his late father.

It’s unlike anything else I’ve read. The writing is so incredibly rich, a celebration of language and sometimes the prose is almost too eleborate, as the boy’s mind works overtime attempting to overcome the loss of his father.

There’s also a side to the story, which I have to admit I found a little distracting. That of the lodger living with his grandmother in the apartment opposite.

But on the plus side, I loved the references to his ‘heavy boots’ and the wonderful inventions he dreams up in an attempt to distract himself from his sad thoughts.

Read it and tell me what you think!


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  1. The plot centers on Oskar’s journey to find the lock that matches a key he finds, two years after his father’s death, in his parents’ closet. I can’t say much more about the plot without giving it away, but Oskar goes on a series of adventures in New York City, meets different, sometimes poetic, sometimes prozaic characters. The story is told with Oskar’s voice, and the nine year old narrator’s charming, touching, smart and inquisitive take on the world around him is truly a reader’s delight.


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