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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Foer, Jonathan Safran                    1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0618711651
ISBN-13: 9780618711659
Sku: 202182439
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1T
Pages:  326
Age Range:  NA
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Oskar Schell is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
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The prodigiously gifted young writer Jonathan Safran Foer follows up his critically beloved bestseller EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED with the story of Oskar Schell, a precocious nine-year old boy whose father has died in the World Trade Center. Since 9/11, Oskar has become obsessed with disasters of all kinds, and he continually imagines whimsical inventions that will keep people safe. After he discovers a mysterious key belonging to his father, Oskar embarks on a quixotic quest through New York City's five boroughs, searching for the lock the key can open. Interspersed with Oskar's travels is the story of his grandparents, who went through a similarly traumatic experience during the fire-bombing of Dresden, and the stories eventually intertwine in the cathartic climax. Foer uses myriad postmodern tricks and devices (typographical mistakes, photographs, and cartoons) to add a puzzlebox complexity to the powerful emotional core of the novel.
Author Bio
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer burst into the literary world in 2002 with his novel EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. The novel is narrated by an American Jew named Jonathan who has traveled to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather's life during World War II, with a linguistically challenged Ukrainian who acts as his guide. The novel was praised by such literary luminaries as John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates (with whom Foer had studied at Princeton), Salman Rushdie, and the notoriously prickly critic Dale Peck. The film was made into a film starring Elijah Wood. Foer's second novel, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, one of the first novels to deal extensively with the fallout of September 11, follows a precocious boy as he wanders New York City after his father dies in the terrorist attacks. The critics were not as kind with this effort, accusing Foer of postmodern trickery and inordinate preciousness, but both books have sold extremely well for works of literary fiction, and Foer is still considered one of the most exciting and daring young writers in America. He collaborated with Dave Eggers on THE FUTURE DICTIONARY OF AMERICA. Foer lives in Brooklyn and is married to the novelist Nicole Krauss.

Praise

"It seems clear at this point that Foer has successfully graduated from being a one-off wunderkind to an accomplished and graceful writer. What he has given us is not just a remarkably clever work, but the 9/11 story we need, even if we didn't know it." - Priya Jain 03/20/2005

"EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLEY CLOSE could easily have been a cloying, incoherent mess, but it isn't. It's really a lovely book, humane and quirky and...hard to put down." - Fritz Lanham 03/18/2006

Kirkus Reviews
"The search for the lock that fits a mysterious key dovetails with related and parallel quests in this (literally) beautifully designed second from the gifted young author....[A] brilliant fiction...." 01/01/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Unafraid to show his traumatized characters' constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love and beauty." 01/31/2005

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0326
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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