Thursday, April 1, 2010

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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.

My take: 4 looks
This book is so beautifully written. It combines various perspective, time shifts, internal monologue, journal entries, entries and photographs to tell the story. Nothing here is wasted. It was a slow read for me, since I wanted to savor each line, let it take root in me, and read more. I highly recommend this very unusual book.