Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Novel by Джонатан Сафран Фоер
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Blurb

"Jonathan Safran Foer 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, and pacifist. 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.

First Published

2005

Member Reviews Write your own review

mandavi

Mandavi

Mir war das ein bisschen zu viel an Emotionen. Ich kann an der Traurigkeit anderer Leute nicht so viel positives sehen.

0 Responses posted in February
muzammil

Muzammil

Good and extremely emotional rollercoaster throughout the book. The deeper you delve into it, the more you'll find yourself connected with the story and be able to empathize with the main character. It is a great emotional rollercoaster of a ride throughout the book and when I was finished with it, it left me sort of empty and throughout the book the author subtly keeps on striking on those emotional chords. Overall, I loved reading it.

0 Responses posted in June
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