EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE

I READ A BOOK REVIEW ON A BLOG ON WORDPRESS FOR THIS BOOK.  THE BLOGGER CRIED THROUGH THE WHOLE BOOK BUT I FOUND IT RATHER UPLIFTING!  YES, OSKAR SCHELL LOST HIS FATHER ON 9/11 IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BUT THE BOOK DOESN’T FOCUS ON THIS LOSS.  THE FOCUS IS MORE ABOUT HOW PEOPLE HAVE MOVED ON, HOW PEOPLE ARE SURVIVING, HOW THEY FIND WAYS TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE TRAGEDY.  OSKAR ACCIDENTALLY FINDS A KEY WHEN HE BREAKS A VASE FOUND ON THE VERY TOP SHELF OF HIS FATHER’S CLOSET.  OSKAR’S FATHER ALWAYS CHALLENGED OSKAR WITH “TREASURE” HUNTS USING CLUES SO OSKAR DECIDES THE KEY IS A CLUE AND HE MUST FIND THE LOCK THAT FITS THE KEY!

OSKAR IS A STRANGE 9 YEAR OLD – HE SEEMS HIGHLY INTELLIGENT BUT HE IS ALSO NAIVE IN MANY WAYS AND HAS MANY QUIRKS AND PHOBIAS.  I WONDERED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK IF HE MAY HAVE ASPERGER’S  SYNDROME BUT THIS TOPIC NEVER CAME UP.  HIS HUNT FOR THE LOCK TAKES HIM ON MANY ADVENTURES THROUGH THE 5 BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK.  ALONG THE WAY HE MEETS MANY CHARACTERS – SOME STRANGE, SOME SAD, SOME WHO DON’T GIVE HIM THE TIME OF DAY.

I LOVE HOW THE AUTHOR WOVE THIS STORY OF LOVE AND LOSS!  I LOVE HOW THOSE IN OSKAR’S FAMILY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH THAT THEIR LIFE CHOICES ARE FOCUSED ON PROTECTING EACH OTHER AND UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER’S NEED TO DEAL WITH THEIR LOSS IN THEIR OWN WAYI HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

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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