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.
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.
At times I did not understand this book. HOWEVER I found it very compelling to read. I love Oskar's iniative and quirky personality. It is a book that touches your soul and you won't be sorry to have read it. I feel like a better person because of it, not sure why. It is a very touching heartfelt story.
I thought this book was much better than _Everything is Illuminated_. I really enjoyed it, despite some of its oddities (like the photographs, the red circles and improper conversation. Still, it was a moving book that was quite pleasurable to read. I'll definitely keep an eye out for his work from now on. I'm surprised over some of the images that he was able to print in his book. I'm also quite surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did, but I think that's in large part because of my great love for child narrators.