Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweler, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the Septermber 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which bings him ever closer to some kind of peace. 
My Review: I read this book for a literature theory class, so I suppose I probably looked at it a bit different than someone just reading to read.

This book deals with family and loss, hurt, memory and memorials, something and nothing. It's the kind of book that leaves me feeling incredibly sad and yet incredibly comforted. It's a very complicated book, in every way from the subjects, the characters, the form, to the pictures. It's the kind of writing I find extremely clever.

This book reminded me quite a lot of two other books: The Book Thief and The Catcher in the Rye. The form and the images in the book reminded me of The Book Thief (one of my absolute favorites). I found it incredibly interesting that the form between the two was similar because of the similar nature of the subjects. The main character in this book, Oskar, reminded me of Holden Caulfield who I hated at first but then I absolutely loved.

I loved this book in a way that is a bit hard to describe. It's beautifully written and marvelously complex and clever. It's one of those books I would probably consider a favorite, but wouldn't count it as a loss if I didn't read it again.

If you are thinking about reading this book, I would suggest that you do it with an open mind. I would suggest that you think about the reason the form, the stories, the images are included. I think you'll find it a much more enjoyable read that way. 

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