Friday, August 24

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
(2005, Jonathan Safran Foer)

So I read this book a couple weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it. This is the second novel by the gifted writer Jonathan Safran Foer. His first book, Everything is Illuminated was all right. I myself enjoyed the movie better than the book which is for the most part rarely the case,mostly because they left out the long, boring and tedious passages of the book. In this new novel, it seems he just got everything right. Set against the back drop of NYC a year after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. In the book, you will find the main character and narrator, a naive and much too smart for his own good 9 year old boy named Oskar traveling around the city. Oskar's father died in the collapse of the World Trade Center and now he is on a mission to find out the mystery of a key he found hidden away in his fathers cloth's closet. The key was in an envelop with the name Black scrawled on it. So Oskar than decides to meet every person in the 5 boroughs with the last name Black to see if they know anything about this key and their possible connection with his dead father.

One might think, and rightfully so that a book about a 9 year old boy who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks would be a horribly sad and depressing read. Though at times it is, since really there is no way of escaping that fact. Mr. Foer balances that out with some extremely funny situations peppered throughout the book that will leave you laughing out loud.

If your looking for a good read, I highly recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
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