"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • August 4, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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A new novel by the author of Everything Is Illuminated introduces Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center bombing who searches the city for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind. 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. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin. - See more at: http://austin.bibliocommons.com/item/show/828508067_extremely_loud_amp_incredibly_close#sthash.3fMl4dgd.dpuf

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  • Kevin C. D.

    I finished Everything Is Illuminated. It was an interesting read and laugh out loud funny at times, but I thought Extremely Loud was considerably better. I wonder how the people who didn't really like Extremely Loud would feel about Illuminated.

    August 10, 2013

  • Meghan

    Haven't finished the book and having some issues so won't be able to make it after all. See some of you next weekend though.

    August 4, 2013

  • Nico D

    JS Foer is one of my favorite writers. Excited to discuss.

    August 2, 2013

  • Nico D

    JS Foer is one of my favorite writers. Excited to discuss.

    July 28, 2013

  • Rocio M. S.

    How long do the meetings usually last???

    July 24, 2013

    • Meghan

      Meetings have lasted anywhere from 1-2 hours. We usually try to get into the discussion pretty quickly and then there is some socializing and talking about future book selections toward the end. So, if you can't stay the whole time it's not a big deal.

      July 24, 2013

  • Kevin C. D.

    I got mine from the library for free.

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • Meghan

      I have a copy waiting for me at the library!

      July 24, 2013

  • Joe l.

    Half Price Books has many copies - got one for $7.50. Happy Reading!

    July 20, 2013

    • Luis I.

      I got mine in Amazon for 5.98

      July 21, 2013

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