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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
von Jonathan Safran Foer
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Worth Reading, 17. August 2005
I didn't read Foer's first book, Everything Is Illuminated, but I was intrigued by the idea of reading about the events of September 11th from the prespective of a grieving 9-year-old child. Young Oskar Schnell is haunted by thoughts of exactly how his father, a jeweler who had a meeting at the World Trade Center on September 11th, died. About a year after his father's death, he comes across a key hidden away in his father's closet, and he makes it his mission to discover the lock which goes with that key--a mission which he believes will bring him closer to his lost father.
Despite the fact that Oskar's precociousness sometimes seems a bit implausible, he is an engaging, appealing, and certainly sympathetic character. As told in his voice, the story manages to be funny, poignant, and heartbreaking all at the same time. However, Foer uses additional narrators to provide missing plot details, including the disjointed ramblings of Oskar's grandmother and the one-sentence-per-page communications of a man who cannot speak. These alternate commentaries, coupled with various pictures and other unusual visuals interspered throughout the text, add interest but also serve to weigh down the novel. Furthermore, Foer uses a style of writing dialogue in which an exchange between two parties is contained in a single paragraph, which I found to be cumbersome and difficult to read.
Still, I am glad I persevered and finished the book. Although the conclusion does solve the mystery of the key, Oskar's questions remain unanswered, which is probably the most appropriate, if somewhat unsatisfying, ending. Some may find the series of pictures which follow the end of the text sad or even shocking, but to me, they suggest hope and redemption. Two other Amazon titles I enjoyed were "About A Boy" by Nick Hornby and "The Losers' Club" by Richard Perez


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