Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Paperback) - The Film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2012 Oscar Nominee!
|Author: Jonathan Safran Foer|
| Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer|
From the Publisher:
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.
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.
"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