Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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21 Critic Reviews

It's a testament to Foer's writing that his dazzling way with words never trumps the emotions he serves
-AV Club

Synopsis

Jonathan Safran Foer follows his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, with an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting story about New York City in the period following September 11

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close recasts recent history through the eyes of Oskar Schell, an unusually intelligent nine-year-old on an urgent quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center. This unlikely adventure takes Oskar through every city borough and into contact with survivors of all sorts, and it's his irrepressible voice—one that few writers could conceive as imaginatively as Foer does—that transforms the tragedy of circumstance into an exhilarating tribute to love.

 

About Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most acclaimed young writers of his generation. His books have received numerous awards including a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award, and have been translated into thirty-six languages. He garnered remarkable praise for his first two novels, Everything Is Illuminated (adapted for film in 2005) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (adapted for film in December 2011), and for his New York Times bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. Nathan Englander is the author of the novel, The Ministry of Special Cases, the play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Rachel Silver.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 368 pages
Genres: Current Affairs, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 21 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 01 2005

Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that “in the end, everyone loses everyone.” Yes, but look what Foer has found.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Michel Faber on Jun 03 2005

Inauthentic though Foer's creations may seem, they are suffused with... a yearning to reconstitute a shattered past, to... express the inexpressible. In this he is as sincere and committed as he needs to be.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Mar 22 2005

he novel as a whole feels simultaneously contrived and improvisatory, schematic and haphazard.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Jen Herrmann on Sep 02 2010

has brought me to my literary knees with the beauty of its writing style. The plot is heartwarming and meaningful in and of itself, but the way Foer portrays his characters and story is what really makes the book a must-read.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Battaglia on Apr 25 2005

It's a testament to Foer's writing that his dazzling way with words never trumps the emotions he serves

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by David Evans on Feb 19 2012

Jonathan Safran Foer's bombastic literary flourishes and pervading sentimentality become tiresome. One is left desiring something a little less loud, and a little more detached.

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Linney

You find that you're on an adventure, going into a realm of thought and texture and feeling and emotion that is very specific to this boy. Your senses will be awakened.

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Book Buzz

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Chain on Feb 25 2012

Oskar is a compelling protagonist... the book is definitely something I’d recommend

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Persephone Magazine

Excellent
Mar 27 2012

Several parts of the story pulled me in emotionally. I couldn’t stop reading. I was challenged to close the pages to focus on other things.

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Annenberg Digital News

Excellent
Reviewed by Charlotte Spangler on Feb 25 2012

I would recommend this book as an easy and emotional journey. I myself was led to tears...Watching this boy try to make sense of such a great loss is heart-breaking but beautiful.

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Harvard Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandy Ullman

The author's gift at finding solace, consolation, and even humor in the darkest recesses of human memory is fully engaged by the challenge of a recent tragedy

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The Burg

Excellent
Reviewed by Tonia Rutherford on Apr 10 2012

Foer has won me over... The truths and wisdom he shares between his characters shoot daggers into the hearts of his readers with each artfully crafted line.

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Knitting and Sundries

Below average
Reviewed by Julie on Jun 12 2012

It was very gimmicky: the formatting was odd, the writing itself was confusing, and I just couldn't get my head around ANY of the characters.

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Opinionless

Below average
Reviewed by Aaron on May 04 2011

I can’t say that I was either overly impressed by Foer’s writing style or blinded by his originality

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Reviews of Books

Good
Reviewed by W. R. Greet

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close can be uplifting and soul searing at different times... Oskar Schell's story is one to cherish... one we all ought to acknowledge and embrace.

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Hello Giggles

Good
Reviewed by Lindsey Silken on Mar 11 2012

made me cry on more than one occasion... Foer’s gift is in story-telling

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Eating Bender Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Feb 22 2012

Read this book if you are interested in a beautifully written... story of love and loss, of failure and triumph

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HallieSawyer.com

Good
Reviewed by Hallie Sawyer on Jan 24 2012

The author did a great job of stringing me along... he artfully illuminated more and more of the story to complete my understanding. I recommend reading this book simply for the unique point of view

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Home Alone with Books Blog

Good
Reviewed by Linda M. on Apr 30 2012

The characters in this novel are breathtakingly honest and vivid... Extremely Colorful and Incredibly Rich.

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Esoteric Sips Blog

Below average
Feb 26 2012

The story is such mumble jumble that if someone asked me to draw a story board for it...I actually wouldn't be able to do it. All in all, a real waste of time.

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Benefits of a Classical Education Blog

Good
Reviewed by Alex Thompson on Jul 14 2011

this book is not only extremely well written and incredibly emotional but that those two combine to vault it into my short list of the best books I’ve ever read.

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