Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 1, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel is rated 4.10526315789474 out of 5 by 19.
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 encountersa 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.78 × 7.35 × 0.98 in

Published: April 1, 2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618711651

ISBN - 13: 9780618711659

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Life has never been so simple, yet so complicated. Up and down, front to back, I Love this book!!!!!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks the way Oskar does. This is truly an amazing read. Recommend.
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and memorable New York City, in the aftermath of 9-11 … a young boy and his family mourn the loss of his father, who died during the events that day. A beautiful, sad novel that slowly weaves together the story of a family through loss, war, love and secrets. Extremely emotional and powerful at times. Cleverly orchestrated and designed.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Somewhat confusing but tragic Taking a 911 survivor child who is already a little off normal and building a quest for him gets a little tiring when it goes on and on to a rather pointless shuffling conclusion
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A must read over and over and over again..... Just to remind us how lucky we are......... God Bless the people and their families of that horrible Day..... Week.....Month...... Year . May we always remember, how quick life can change...... With a blink of a eye.....
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Extremely loud Not my favourite. Hard to follow sometimes, but not a bad read
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Extremely loud Not my favourite. Hard to follow sometimes, but not a bad read
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2013-05-07
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: 2013-03-05
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: 2010-08-18
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: 2010-08-18
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: 2009-11-11
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: 2009-06-01
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: 2008-09-06
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: 2008-02-28
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: 2008-02-01
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: 2008-01-11
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: 2007-11-16
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: 2006-06-05

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 7.78 × 7.35 × 0.98 in

Published: April 1, 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. 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 encountersa 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.

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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