- File Size: 28351 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (September 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2013
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003K16PXC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately, I fell into the latter category. It's rare that I come across a book that can have so much good writing in it that also makes me regularly want to hurl it across the room while I claw out my eyes. In the end, ELIC was a story ruined by talent, though I couldn't decide if it was insecure talent (propping up his story with gimmicks) or self-indulgent talent (throwing in everything and anything just cause he could).
As mentioned, the story centers on young Oskar, whose father left him several phone messages before being killed on 9/11.Read more ›
Oskar Schell is a precocious preteen, who has been left depressed and traumatized. His father died in the September 11 attacks, leaving behind a mysterious key in an envelope with the word "Black" on it. So with the loyalty and passion that only a kid can muster, he begins to explore New York in search of that lock.
As Oskar explores Manhatten, Foer also reaches throughout history to other horrific attacks that shattered people's lives, including his traumatized grandparents. Though the book is sprinkled with letters and stories from before Oskar's time, the boy's quest is the center of the book. And when he finally finds where the key belongs, he will find out a little something about human nature as well...
Historically, only a short time has passed since 9/11, and in some ways "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" reopens the wounds. It reminds me of all the families who lost fathers, mothers and children. But Foer doesn't use cheap sentimentalism to draw in his readers, nor does he exploit the losses of September 11th families. It takes guts to write a book like this, and skill to do it well.
In some ways, this book is much like Foer's first novel, but he deftly avoids retreading old ground -- the "quest" is vastly different, the young protagonist is very different, and the conflicts and loss are different, though no less hard-hitting.Read more ›
When I write my reviews I never describe the plot of the book, because Amazon does it very well, and of course other people do it in their reviews....so no need.
Well, even if I wanted to describe this book I couldn't. So again, I will just tell you why I loved it.
Mr. Foer is a wonderful writer. I had not read his first book yet, although I will do that now, but something in the description of this book caught my eye, so I tried it.
I laughed and cried and even when I was laughing, I was profoundly sad. I loved the characters and their flaws, their fears, their stories, their realistic humanity even among such unrealistic situations. I just can't describe how much I loved this book or why, but it has been put on my shelf of favorite books, to be read and reread, or experienced and experienced again. Again, it made me so sad and yet, when I was done, the sadness was mixed with such wonder and even hope. Mr. Foer, you are a marvel, to the readers, don't miss this one.
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This is a very good book. From the lens of several different family members. Good vantage point on people who have lived through tragedy. But also there is hope. Read morePublished 9 days ago by EBL
Found it very hard to follow characters & was one third of the way through before I realized book was about 9-11 as told by a child. Read morePublished 12 days ago by bankernana
This book made me laugh, cry, and broke my heart at times. It's a book that I will reread many times because it's a wonderful story that makes you stop and think about your daily... Read morePublished 24 days ago by laura silberman
Safran Foer doesn't use complete sentences, opting for commas in place of periods. At the end of the novel, he rewinds everything in this stream of consciousness piece of work.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Father quest. Loss. Mystery. Mistaken identity. Missed opportunities. Multiple points of view. Good read.Published 27 days ago by J. Ferrante
I really tried with this book. An avid reader, I found myself making excuses not to pick up my Kindle....it was not an enjoyable read at all. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
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