Title : Extremely loud and incredibly close
Author : Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Published on: April 1st, 2005
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.
oh god. I don’t know what to say. Where to start. I’ve been waiting so eagerly to read this book and when I finally got it as a gift from my friend, I COULD NOT wait.
So for starters, I knew I was going to love it. Love everything about it. And now here I am just mindlessly gushing about how much I cried and laughed and absolutely ADORED this book.
The story goes back and forth. We get to know about Oscar and how he “investigates” about the mysterious key and also get to know more and more about Oscar’s grandparents and their history.
The book itself is full of pictures and pen marks and oh god making it more and more real.
The characters are so well thought out and Oscar is obviously my favorite. The relationship that Oscar had with his father is heart touching.
His mother and grandmother and everyone else fit perfectly well!
The story also revolves around The gruesome effects of war and the attacks on the World Trade Centre. I guess it just makes you more aware..?
But most importantly the story is about love and relationships and grief. Loss.
Do you think one can feel too much? Or just feel in the wrong ways?
How it is when you lose a loved one. How empty everything is and still you see your life moving on around you.
I loved this book too much and I cannot seem to find the right words..I want talk about so many things but I’m afraid I’ll give out the spoilers.
I would highly highly recommend it. Now excuse me while I watch the movie.