Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Movie Tie-In): A Novel

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Movie Tie-In): A Novel

Paperback | November 1, 2011

byJonathan Safran Foer

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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. 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.

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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. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Fra...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 11 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780547735023

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked the concept This book is about a child who is finds a key after his father died in 9/11 and searches NYC for what the key opens. I expected so much more from this book. The storyline was good however I felt that it lacked a high point in the book. Close to the end of the book there is a point where you can tell is what the author was hoping to be the high point however, is just fell flat for me. I loved the concept of this book I just thought it wasn't executed the best.
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from crazy kid "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" was a strange read. For as much as two-thirds of the novel, I didn't feel too optimistic that it would rate anything more than two stars. And, then in the last third, Foer pulls together three strands of story into one great ending. I ended up totally liking this story about a strange kid who sets out on a quixotic quest to get closer to his dad who was one of the several thousand who died on 9/11. Great read.
Date published: 2011-12-23

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