Facts:

  • Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Year of Release: 2005
  • Read 326-page paperback edition in August 2012.

Book Description: This book follows the adventures of 9-year old Oskar Schell, whose father was killed in the World Trade Centre attacks of 2001.  Oskar finds a key at home that belonged to his father, and begins an improbable journey through New York City on the search of the lock that the key is for.  Along the way he meets up with interesting people and sees some amazing sites, as he journeys towards self-discovery and the way to healing.

Book Review: Although this novel was very interesting as we saw the grief and healing process from the 9-year old perspective, there were also a number of flaws in the execution of the plot of this novel, most obviously how a 9-year old can move through the cities of New York City for so many months, seemingly undetected by his mother and other community members.  That all being said, if you could suspend your disbelief on certain plot devices, the novel had some interesting points to make on grief, and was a nice exploration of NYC.  Overall though, it was a mediocre novel, nothing extraordinary or shattering in terms of poignant emotions.  If you want to read a better novel of Foer’s, read “Everything is Illuminated.”

Overall: 2.5 stars out of 5

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