Monday, January 31, 2011

Review - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer

Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Amazon)
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Release date: 2005
Pages: 326
Genre: Adult Fiction

Jonathan Safran Foer 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, and pacifist. 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. (

Kim's take - 

I have to honestly say that I was rather disappointed with this book. After all of the great ratings and reviews I have come across, maybe I just expected too much. The main character is a precocious 9 year old, Oskar Schell. I found his character a little too unbelievable. He’s on a mission to find a lock that will fit a key which he finds in his fathers closet. There were a few things that I liked about the book. I liked it when he let it be known exactly how he felt about his father’s death instead of spouting off about ridiculous inventions and statistics and odd facts about things such as elephants. It just took up too much of the book. The parts I liked the most were the letters pieced together regarding the lives of his grandparents. The story of their relationship was complicated and sad. All in all, the only reason I even finished it is my inability to stop reading a book until the end. I guess I’m always hopeful it will get better. Unfortunately, I just thought this book was a waste of my time, even though there seem to be many that loved it. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Kim's Rating - 2/5



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  2. Thanks for honest review. I've been skeptical of this one...
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