Reading Frenzy

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

It still seems like 9/11 was yesterday, a public grief as well as a private one that just hasn't healed yet. So this book has been in my tbr stack for almost a year, and finally I picked it up.....and also borrowed a copy of the audio book. Sometimes a combination of reading both can compliment one another, and I found that to be the case here.

Oskar Schell is a precocious 9-year-old whose father was one of the casualties of the attack that took down the twin towers. Oskar is bright, funny, inventive, exasperating, and incredibly sad--and more than anything he wants to fix this one thing that can't be fixed. He carries a terrible secret, on the day of the bombing he arrived home first, and heard the many calls his dad made, and before his mom could hear the tape, replaced it. Later, he finds a vase in his dad's closet with a strange key and the notation "Black" and begins a quest to find the owner of the key, and make this connection with his dad.

Interspersed through the Oskar tale, is the story of his grandmother and grandfather, who had survived the World War II firebombing of Dresden, and found each other in NYC, only to be separated when his grandfather, who couldn't speak following the German bombings, left his grandmother when she was pregnant with his father.

Oskar is a character that grows on you; his frustrations and quest becomes the reader's. It's a heartbreaking yet heartwarming novel that brings across the pain of loss and the working toward gradual healing.


At 1:32 PM, Blogger piksea said...

I did this one on audio and really enjoyed it. I liked Oskar and his quirky little ways. I really liked his interactions and relationships with all the people that he met.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Kate said...

I adored Oskar, and it's funny because irl he'd probably drive me crazy. If you haven't picked up the book, do that if you get a chance, just to see the pics and other idiosyncrasies of the hard copy. Thanks for stopping by!


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