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A 2005 novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

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  • Jun 29, 2010
Foer knows how to grip a heart. A story about a young boy losing his father in the 9/11 atrocity, Extremely Loud Surprised me because it was so utterly different from what I thought it would be. A distinct narrative about the thoughts of a 9 year old boy, it illuminates a tragic story with a child like sense of wonder, pain, confusion, curiosity and hope.  Oskar is a precocious kid if there ever was one, and sometimes I found myself skeptical of the characters emotions. However, it made me remember that adults often don’t give children enough credit; Oskar, like many children knows and feels more than we give him credit for. His perspective of the events of 9/11 is pure and sometimes comical, which in turn colours a tragic event into something compellingly hopeful and youthful. It is also a novel that has incredibly memorable and poignant moments that I still remember to this day, even though I read it about two years ago. I really do think of this novel as a work of art. Foer uses language as well as images to illustrate emotion and try to perhaps express a feeling that cannot be put into words; he experiments with type settings, blank pages, and condensed text to create tones of distance, loss, confusion and grief. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a thoroughly postmodern novel, it is a distinctly multi-media effort that was able to bring new form to an old medium (innovating the novel narrative genre).
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July 13, 2010
Hey EcoMama! I read this novel for the first time when I was 17. I found it to be a little frustrating to get through as I was reaching the end, and I re-read it when I was older and found myself much more effected when I was 21. I suppose it would depend on the student and the teacher :P I really encourage you to read it and see what you think, there are definitely some chapters and passages that can be spectacular for a teaching lesson!
July 09, 2010
This is quite interesting, I love books with unusual use of type and media. The subject matter is intriguing too. What would you say is the youngest age for a teenager/young adult to read it and understand it? I'm contemplating adding it to a homeschooling curriculum. :)
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review by . May 06, 2010
This book will give you heavy boots
The title of Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 novel may originate from the sound of birds flapping their wings outside the window of 103-year-old Mr. Black’s New York City apartment, but it could also describe what people trapped in the twin towers of the World Trade Center heard on September 11, 2001 as the hijacked airliners approached. The narrator of the book is a (sometimes annoyingly) precocious 9-year-old named Oskar Schell whose father died in the 9/11 tragedy. Oscar’s knowledge, …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
The first bit is so different from the end that the heaviness is a little unsettling, but it is an absolutely fascinating story and a very touching story for everyone who remembers the aftermath of 9/11.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Truly amazing. Foer's writing touches me every time I read him.
review by . June 12, 2010
The literary prowess of Jonathan Safran Foer is the most inventive and startlingly adept style than seen in any other decade of the written word. After his publication of Everything is Illuminated, it was certain Foer was an imagination that could not be competed with. With his latest literary creation, Extremely Loud, Foer reshapes the way we look at the novel, scrapbooking, photography, color in text, flipbooks, and emotion. Foer tells the story of an extremely particular and incredibly unpredictable …
review by . December 11, 2008
I'm not much for crying, especially in public, especially on public transportation.  In my car, sure, but on a bus?  a train?  an airplane?? No way, no thank you, not for me.    But as I read the last pages of this novel, 30,000 feet above the ground, in a metal tube with 100 strangers, I wept openly.    Oskar Schell lost his father in the September 11th attacks.  Oskar's father lost his father long before that.  As Oskar tries to …
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Published in 2005, this novel was Safran Foer's follow up to his first novel, Everything is Illuminated.  Both books have met with praise and skepticism across the literary community.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close follows the journey of Oskar Schell as he tries to piece together his life and his history after his father's death in The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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ISBN-10: 0618329706
ISBN-13: 978-0618329700
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Date Published: April 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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