Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review #115 - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination.

Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. An inspired creation, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of characters who are all survivors in their own way. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close boldly approaches history and tragedy with humor, tenderness, and awe.

My Rating: 3/5

I found this book to be a little too weird and strange for my complete liking.

It took me about half the book to figure out who the other point of view was other than Oskar.

I liked the inclusion of the pictures although some of them had no bearing on the story at all.

I liked Oskar to an extent and am interested to see how he is portrayed in the movie.

I thought the ending could have had a better conclusion especially what the key ends up being used for.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, interesting. I had no idea that the guy who wrote Everything Is Illuminated is the same guy who wrote Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Although I'm not surprised that the book was weird and hard to follow. The movie was odd and hard to follow a bit. It's unfortunate though.

    Oh well. Great review.