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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
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, t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780618329700
ISBN-10: 0618329706
Publication Date: 4/4/2005
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 152 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 173 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
This book is written in a non-traditional style. This does not at all diminish the impact of the the themes and characters - in fact it enhances them. Hang in there, the agony of reading some of the sections (stream of consciousness, absent correct spacing and punctuation) - will create in you a deeper appreciation of the character's feelings.
reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A 9 year old boy has lost his father in the 911 World Trade Center crash. There are 2 stories within the novel. Also the life of his grandfather. It's a good read but very unusual.
reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Exactly as the title describes, this is a rapid fire ride with a very precocious 9 year old who lost his father in the Twin Towers on 9/11.
It's impossible to describe and impossible to put down.
crawford avatar reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A beautiful book, but don't expect a "traditional" narrative. With a young boy as our narrator/hero, we jump from subject to subject and character to character. The death of his father on 9/11 is handled very respectfully (not to mention it made me tear up on a few occasions- and not by being sappy or manipulative) it's a lovely character journey that has an engaging plot wrapped around it. Some of it reminded me of one of my favorite novels, written by Foer's wife funnily enough- The History of Love, which I HIGHLY recommend if you enjoyed this one.
yolen avatar reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This book is about a little boy searching for clues about his father who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. The boy is precocious, the story is heart breaking. There is also background information regarding his grandparents that is pertinent. A difficult read (emotionally), but an important one.
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reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 8 more book reviews
This book was something else. Oskar is an amazing little boy who faces so many struggles and conquers them. I suggest this book to anyone who loves to read.
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Great book!
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I thought it was a great book, interesting, unusual, touching.
Yoni avatar reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 322 more book reviews
A very unusual and achingly beautiful book. Wonderful unforgettable characters. Very sad and yet somehow cathartic.
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SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD
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This book is really amazing. The ending will make you cry.
reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 28 more book reviews
Story seems disjointed. Dialogue can be hard to follow sometimes.
eadieburke avatar reviewed Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on + 1327 more book reviews
Listened to this audio today & I wondered why I didn't do this sooner. It is an uplifting myth which was born of the sorrows of 9/11. Parts were hilarious yet very heartbreaking. I found it difficult to once again hear about people jumping from the World Trade Center unable to escape the roaring fire. It was great to hear how many families are moving forward. I found Foer to be wise & compassionate and look forward to reading another book by him.
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so wonderful but the end left something to be desired. not full closure.


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