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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Published: 2006-04-04
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Jonathan Safran Foer follows his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, with an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting story about New York City in the period following September 11

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close recasts recent history through the eyes of Oskar Schell, ...

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Introduction

Jonathan Safran Foer follows his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, with an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting story about New York City in the period following September 11

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close recasts recent history through the eyes of Oskar Schell, an unusually intelligent nine-year-old on an urgent quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center. This unlikely adventure takes Oskar through every city borough and into contact with survivors of all sorts, and it's his irrepressible voice?one that few writers could conceive as imaginatively as Foer does?that transforms the tragedy of circumstance into an exhilarating tribute to love.

Jonathan Safran Foer follows his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, with an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting story about New York City in the period following September 11

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close recasts recent history through the eyes of Oskar Schell, an unusually intelligent nine-year-old on an urgent quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center. This unlikely adventure takes Oskar through every city borough and into contact with survivors of all sorts, and it's his irrepressible voice?one that few writers could conceive as imaginatively as Foer does?that transforms the tragedy of circumstance into an exhilarating tribute to love.

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From where do you believe Oskar's quirks come? Are they a result of a mental disability, or brought on by the loss of his father, or purely due to his genius?
Why do you think the relationship between Oskar's grandparents is the way it is? Do you think it works for them, or that they should call it quits?
Why does Oskar's mother let him journey around New York by himself? Do you think her decision to let him continue was an example of good or bad parenting?
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Read fairly quickly
by bslaton (see profile) 12/12/12
If you put this book down for a week or two, it's difficult to jump back in. You'll have to back track to remember what's going on. Read it in a few sittings close together, so you can take everything in.

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  "Extremely Overrated!"by mlqcmw (see profile) 01/02/13

This book is a disgrace! It is confusing, disjointed, and sappy! This author just uses 9/11 to sell a book. This book offers nothing of value. Do not waste your money!!

 
  "Intriguing but slightly unsatisfying"by bslaton (see profile) 12/12/12

The book is definitely one to get a group talking. The characters are difficult to relate to, but you still are drawn in to them. It's very jumpy, and focuses more on the secondary characters than the... (read more)

 
  "Hard to read"by pattiwan (see profile) 11/19/12

I found the subject matter of the book very interesting, and liked the premise, but it was difficult to follow and very confusing to read. It distracts the reader from the main point the author is trying... (read more)

 
  "extremely loud and incredibly close"by ausra27 (see profile) 08/24/12

altho difficult to follow at first this is an interesting book. keep an open mind while reading. the discussion of this book was varied and interesting as some people really liked it, some hated it and... (read more)

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