Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 4, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel is rated 4.3636 out of 5 by 22.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: April 4, 2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618711651

ISBN - 13: 9780618711659

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Follow a family as they deal with the events of Sept 11th, 2001 It was a heartwrenching story of Oskar who loses his father as one of the victims of Sept 11th - He tries to make sense of his world that is broken and how it relates (or doesn't) while meeting people along for his quest to find the answer to the longing question of what this key represents. Loved how the characters developed and the storyline interwove between the characters - Recommend for a comtemporary read.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Emotionally manipulative and overly precious September 11th and the Holocaust are two subjects that are easy use if you are an author looking to add emotional weight to your novel, but are difficult to use well. Nobody proves this better than Jonathan Safran Foer in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The novel follows Oskar, a nine-year-old Manhattan boy (I'm basing my assessment that he is nine years old solely on the book jacket; I don't recall his age ever once being mentioned in the story, although he is allowed to wander the streets of New York by himself at all hours of the day and night without anyone raising a fuss, which seems odd for a nine-year-old) who lost his father in the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. Oskar finds among his father's things a small key and the word 'Black' scribbled on a paper. From this he deduces that the key belongs to someone named Black and that he must find that person, for surely they will have vital information about his late father, and--for reasons never explained--he decides that he will approach ever person in New York City with the last name Black alphabetically. This last point seems to be a plot device designed solely to keep the story from being told in a thirty page short story instead of a full-length novel. The novel is full of convoluted storylines (including a B-story about Oskar's grandfather and his experience during WWII) that never really make the emotional statements the author seems to intend, and are often downright precious (not in a good way). This novel is entirely too amused with itself, too self-congratulatory of its own cleverness instead of concerning itself with the intelligence of the reader. I was very relieved that the last dozen or so pages are just photos because it meant I was done with this book that much sooner. http://cozylittlebookjournal.blogspot.com/2012/01/extremely-loud-incredibly-close-by.html
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Writing This book is brilliantly written. I loved the writing style, imagery and plot. Perhaps the most complete book that I have read in years!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely Boring and Incredibly Terrible The protagonist of this story is this little boy that obviously has major issues, and yes I understand it’s because he has lost his father, but the kid has no morals and no common sense which would be fine, but it bothers me because the writer tries to make the kid seem like he’s really intelligent but really he’s just a child that needs to stick with his therapy. His mother either doesn’t know how to discipline him or just doesn’t care. The child is very irritating through-out the novel. The other annoying aspect of this story is the grandmother and the “older renter” that ends up being her deranged husband that can but doesn’t speak. He writes out how he feels everywhere and anywhere and for some reason this woman puts up with it. Urg. I think this book was only liked because the incident of 9/11 was a focus point. I think if 9/11 wasn’t apart of this book, a lot of people would think it was incredibly lame. This book was not for me.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and moving Hooboy, does Jonathan Safran Foer write with STYLE. I loved the way this book was written. So very different, so very refreshing. And yet the story itself was never lost in the stylings of the story-telling. Beautifully drawn characters, beautifully told tale. Readers cannot helped but be moved by Oskar and his unique view on the world and his adventures, and the people he loves.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Endearing It was a very touching story. originally written, and the characters were fascinating. Loved how everyhting is intertwined.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Groundbreaking and Incredibly Beautiful In my eyes, this is the illustrious perfect book. It makes me both cackle and sob, combining sorrow with biting wit and a very effective stream of consciousness. Foer really is a genius writer both stylistically and thematically.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story!!! Oskar is a smart nine year old kid that likes to invent things, asks a lot of questions, and knows a lot of useless facts. He lives with his mom and across the street from his grandmother. Oskar's father died in the World Trade Centre during 9/11, which has made Oskar have "heavy boots" and he goes to therapy to try to talk through his emotions. When Oskar finds a key in a vase in his dad's closet, he sets out on a mission to find out what lock this key opens to. This takes him on an adventure where he meets and learns the stories of many others. While we learn about Oskar's adventure, we also find out more about his grandfather and his grandmother. Originally coming from Germany, Oskar's grandparents survived an air raid and moved to New York. Oskar's grandfather was originally in love his his grandmother's sister but she died in the air raid, which is when the grandfather finds that he can no longer speak. Their relationship adds a whole other dimension to the book. Oskar's innocence and intellect gives the reader a refreshing view. It sort of reminds me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. He's far smarter than any 9 year old I've ever met, but it's still plausible. However, I don't really understand why his mother would let him wander around New York alone, regardless of whether she knew or not. That being said, this story was touching and interesting.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely profound and Incredibly inspiring Extremely Lound and Incredibly close is a wonderfully written book that explores the fractured mind of a young boy who lost his father in the 9-11 attacks. it's disjointed pace helps the reader understand the complexity of the situation that Oskar is involved in. The interspersed photos and letters from his grandparents past create a very wonderful pace and leave you wanting more. This book is excellent for book clubs or classrooms as it lends itself to discussion very easily. Safran Foer is an excellent writer with a brilliant future ahead of himself.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book that enriches my life I was so touched that I cried reading this book. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is a novel about September 11. From the angle of nine-year-old Oskar Schell, we followed his quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Superb storytelling and beautiful plot. Impressive. A book that enriches my life.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great read! wow! such a great book! it's impossible not to fall in love with the main character and its great to see him grow and change and discover himself.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it. I really loved this one. Funny & touching - both in breathtaking ways at times. I've pushed in several peoples direction since I read it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is some serious Heavy Boots Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is about a little boy named Oskar Schell who lives in New York. He’s pure of heart and not quite like all the other kids. While shuffling around in his father’s closet one day, he breaks a vase and inside he finds an envelope reading “Black” and a key inside. He decides to search all of New York for everyone with the last name “Black”, to find out about his father - his Dad, who he loved the most. Thomas Schell, who died inside when the World Trade Center went down. This novel is so full of love and pain. Even as Canadians, it’s like a refresher course on how we felt that day. Even though it’s difficult to read through without a good cry, most of the best novels out these days do that to us. It feels like therapy, slowly slipping your security blanket out from between your fingers while you scream and wail. Sometimes we forget what hurts us. This book feels like we’re sharing our pain.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely amazing and incredibly perfect. I fell in love with Everything is Illuminated, and when I saw he wrote another book, I just had to read it, and let me tell you it was the greatest book I've read in a long time. I read it it about 3 days, it was perfect for my type of novel. It was funny, it was sad, it was everything I wanted in a book. I'm going out to buy it today, and for anyone that's reading the reviews determining if they want to read this book or not READ THE BOOK, you'll love it, I know I did.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Subtle Brillance Johnathan Safran Foer may be seen as one of the most original writers of our era and this book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is one of the most uniquely formatted, illustrated and well thought out novels to date. The book is subtle in portraying the impact and suffrage the September 11 attacks inflicted on the American public and consciousness. His poetic language weaves threads of understanding, the commonality of the human condition, compassion and reveals a universal equality of all things. The photography and images presented throughout the book are intellectually and visually stimulating, making the novel a more enjoyable and impressionable read. Foer's writing is 'illuminating' and inspiring and gives one hope and encouragement in trying times. The novel's brillance is hard to describe, it inspires and everyone should read it to find something comforting and understanding in this life.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will remember this for years... This book had be since the first page. I wasn't terribly interested in reading a book about 9/11 at first, but I had hear many good things about it, so I gave it a try. I didn't put it down for days. When I was done I was left in awe. This book whispers all the little fleeting thoughts we have day after day and don't share. It's a story of regret, shame, and great love. I will most certainly be reading this again.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching This is one of the book that has made an everlasting impression in my heart. The main storyline depicts beautifully and tragically the longing of a child for his lost father. It is a book about love, about relationship and the heartfelt mourning for a loss too heavy.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Speechless. Every feeling that I am remotely familiar with I felt while reading this book. Mr. Foer deffinately lived up to his last novel Everything is Illuminated. This book made me laugh, cry and at the same time sit silently not knowing what to say or how to react. This book gets 5 stars and if I could I would give it many, many more. I highly recomend this book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from - Amazing.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I love about books I have never read another book that has felt so perfect to me. It was engaging, funny, sad, and memorable. I cannot wait for Mr. Foer to write more. I give this my highest recomendation.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. Jonathan Safran Foer is an absolute genius.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I think that this book has to be one of the best that I have ever read. I could not put it down. It made me laugh out loud, and bawl like a baby all at the same time. Absolutely amazing. Incredibly close to the heart
Date published: 2013-10-29

– More About This Product –

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: April 4, 2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618711651

ISBN - 13: 9780618711659

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards and have been translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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