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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005)

by Jonathan Safran Foer

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I read this book back in high school and wept like a small child. It's been seven or so years since then, and I'm sitting on my bed crying as I write this sentence.

There are certain books that break your heart so neatly and completely in the most peculiar of ways. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one of those books. This book taps into something personal and close that I can't quite articulate or even understand. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
At first I was slightly put off because it reminded me of the [book:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time]. I thought it was a riff on that book, but I was mistaken. It's a book about grief and as I let it wash over me, it felt cathartic. There are clever uses of font, photo and script which interested me as well. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Un meraviglioso pugno nello stomaco. E’ così che ho pensato di definire questo bellissimo libro. L’avevo comprato anni fa ma prendeva polvere nella libreria e grazie ai consigli di lettura ho potuto finalmente leggerlo.
L’ho amato davvero e mi è spiaciuto finirlo, avrei voluto rimanere nella New York di Oskar ancora un po.
La storia, di per sé, è già struggente: un bambino, Oskar, ha perso il suo papà nell’attacco delle torri gemelle e cerca di superare la tristezza con degli espedienti che lo rendono un po’ strano agli occhi degli altri. La sua mente lavora molto e lui ha un sacco di idee e sa tantissime cose perché è sempre stato abituato dal suo papà a ragionare e a conoscere. Un giorno Oskar, per caso, trova nell’armadio del padre una chiave con scritto “black” e decide di scoprire cosa apre quella chiave pensando sia un messaggio lasciatogli in eredità. Intorno a lui diversi personaggi si inseriscono nei capitoli raccontandoci la loro vita e il loro punto di vista, rendendo tutto più complesso e malinconico.
Questo è un libro che non può non lasciare qualcosa, è un libro che può far male perché parla di perdite, di assenze, di cose non dette, di dolore, ma può far bene perché parla anche di amore, di speranze, di ricordi…
Ho pianto mentre lo leggevo, ho pensato tanto, ho anche riso perché in alcuni passaggi Oskar è divertente! Lo rileggerò perché ci sono dei passaggi bellissimi come questo:
“C'erano cose che volevo dirgli. Ma sapevo che gli avrebbero fatto male. Così le seppellii e lasciai che facessero male a me.”
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  Feseven78 | Apr 17, 2019 |
I feel a little guilty about giving this three stars - there was so much that impressed me about the book - narrator's voice, originality, the subtle but powerful way it dealt with 9/11 emotions. But the characters of the grandmother and grandfather and their relationship were murky to me - although I did like the parallel between 9/11 and the bombing of Dresden. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Un libro meraviglioso che parla del dolore della perdita, ma che vale la pena di essere letto, riletto, conservato nella propria biblioteca e regalato alle persone a cui si vuole bene. ( )
  jugeen | Jan 28, 2019 |
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The bigger problem is that Foer never lets his character wander off without an errand.

In fact, there is hardly a line in this book that has not been written for the purpose of eliciting a particular emotion from the reader. The novel is a tearjerker. ...The skepticism and satire that marked the best parts of Everything Is Illuminated are nowhere in evidence here.
added by jburlinson | editNew York Review of Books, Keith Gessen (pay site) (Sep 25, 2005)
 
The search for the lock that fits a mysterious key dovetails with related and parallel quests in this (literally) beautifully designed second novel from the gifted young author (Everything Is Illuminated, 2002). The searcher is nine-year-old Oskar Schell, an inventive prodigy who (albeit modeled on the protagonist of Grass's The Tin Drum) employs his considerable intellect with refreshing originality in the aftermath of his father Thomas's death following the bombing of the World Trade Center. That key, unidentified except for the word "black" on the envelope containing it, impels Oskar to seek out every New Yorker bearing the surname Black, involving him with a reclusive centenarian former war correspondent, and eventually the nameless elderly recluse who rents a room in his paternal grandma's nearby apartment. Meanwhile, unmailed letters from a likewise unidentified "Thomas" reveal their author's loneliness and guilt, while stretching backward to wartime Germany and a horrific precursor of the 9/11 atrocity: the firebombing of Dresden. In a riveting narrative animated both by Oskar's ingenuous assumption of adult responsibility and understanding (interestingly, he's "playing Yorick" in a school production of Hamlet) and the letter-writer's meaningful silences, Foer sprinkles his tricky text with interpolated illustrations that render both the objects of Oskar's many interests and the memories of a survivor who has forsworn speech, determined to avoid the pain of loving too deeply. The story climaxes as Oskar discovers what the key fits, and also the meaning of his life (all our lives, actually), in a long-awaited letter from astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that "in the end, everyone loses everyone." Yes, but look what Foer has found. Film rights to Scott Rudin in conjunction with Warner Bros. and Paramount; author tour.
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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 disovers 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.
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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.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

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A new novel by the author of Everything Is Illuminated introduces Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center bombing who searches the city for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind. 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, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. 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 World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, 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 humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin.… (more)

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