Wise, funny, unbearably sad. Speeds across the sky like a new-century comet heralding great events in the asteroid belt of fiction (Financial Times )
Utterly engaging, beautifully realised. From the very page it is a hugely involving read . . . a heartbreaker: tragic, funny, intensely moving (Spectator )
Serious, funny, yet achingly heartbreaking (Herald )
Dramatically original . . . Safran Foer is a writer of considerable brilliance (Observer )
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, computer consultant, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, amateur astronomer, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, origamist, detective, vegan and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace...
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