Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

This book is about Oskar Schell - a 9-year-old boy who two years after his father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11 finds a mysterious key among his dad's things and embarks on a quest that takes him back and forth across New York City hunting for the lock and maybe some closure.

It's hard to describe how I feel after reading this book. The writing is disjointed and hard to get into but I think that's intentional because Oskar clearly has some trouble dealing with his father's death. 

There's also a side story of Oskar's grandparents who survived World War II and the Holocaust that at first was hard to determine its purpose in the greater story but might actually be to remind us of other awful, tragic events that people have survived. But mostly I just found the grandparent story creepy.

I think this is one of those cases that you're better off just watching the movie as I can't think of anyone I would recommend this book to.

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.

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