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Jonathan Safran Foer

Author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer (born 1977) is an American author best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005). He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School and Princeton University. In 2000, Foer was awarded the Zoetrope: show more All-Story Fiction Prize and in 2007 he was included in Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. His forthcoming nonfiction book is entitled, Eating Animals. His title Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close made The N.Y. Times Best Seller List for 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jonathan Safran Foer

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The Fixer (1966) — Introduction, some editions — 2,261 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 746 copies
The Book of Other People (2008) — Contributor — 737 copies
The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories (1934) — Foreword, some editions — 678 copies
The Diary of Petr Ginz (2004) — Introduction, some editions — 221 copies
Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007) — Contributor — 196 copies
20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker (2010) — Contributor — 168 copies
Burned Children of America (2001) — Contributor — 121 copies
Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge (2003) — Contributor — 116 copies
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album (2004) — Contributor — 115 copies
Best Food Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 102 copies
The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod (2010) — Foreword, some editions — 97 copies
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Contributor — 83 copies
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contributor — 75 copies
New Jersey Noir (2011) — Contributor — 59 copies
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contributor — 54 copies
Hebbes 5 (2002) — Contributor — 4 copies


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I found the book hard to relate to despite having so many familiar touch points. Ok, don’t eat meat, but doesn’t that just make it cheaper and invite the next person to eat it? The author does not discuss the many ways one could tune meat eating into culture, only one and only one main view to the climate problem. Most of the ideas are first order, the complexity of the problem is not emphasised.
yates9 | 17 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
A good way to become vegetarian - the problem with the book is Foer does not work out the global market mechanics that connect to esting meat.

I wish he had dedicated even half the book to show the way ahead and take into account global forces.
yates9 | 138 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
I read a good portion of this novel before I even remotely began to like it. There is the narrator, Oskar Schell, a young boy who has lost his father in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. I can only think that author Foer named his narrator Oskar Schell, as an allusion to Oskar Matzerath, the hero and unreliable narrator of Gunter Grass' great novel, The Tin Drum, and as an allusion to author Jonathon Schell, the prophet of nuclear annihilation. So Oskar is unreliable. So what. But then author Foer weaves into the story eyewitness accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima and Dresden. These accounts are so harrowing, so terrible, that my attention naturally moved from the almost trivial to the insanely purposeful. At the end of the novel Oskar begs his mother not to hospitalize him for mental illness, which was exactly the fate of Grass' protagonist. His story is almost too terrible to tell, the horror and meaningless acts of revenge in the name of the good and the holy. Much like the attacks on the Twin Towers. There is the parallel narrative of Oskar's grandfather who survived the Dresden massacre but lost almost everyone and everything he knew. This story is almost an inversion of the main story, both equally terrible and affecting. Oskar starts a letter-writing campaign to befriend astro-physicist Steven Hawking, most famously known for his book -- A Brief History of Time -- and his theries of black holes. There are many black holes in the narrative of this tale, and many typographical anomalies to shake us away from the literal narrative. I have not read other reviews of this book. I am sure some of the experimentation will not go unnoticed. The story is rich and provocative. It questions the power of text and the ironies of silence. It is certainly an ambitious work.… (more)
MylesKesten | 467 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
A little bit predictable but lyrically written, emotionally wrenching, and engaging.
Blanket_Dragon | 467 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |


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