24 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

I cannot believe I’m going to say this about this book, but skip it. Watch the movie instead. It’s VERY VERY VERY rare that I say this, but the movie was actually better than the book. I think that getting to see Oskar’s character, you are made more aware of not only what is driving him but of his quirks. The book, while it definitely makes an impression, it dulls in comparison.

Having said that, the story is a good one. I think one of the sub-stories could have been left out, though. While I get what the author was going for, I really think it took away from the main plot.

This was one of my book club’s selections. I did actually watch the movie before the book, so that may have influenced me, but a couple of other people said the same as I did – skip the book and watch the movie.

We were mixed on the 9-11 connection. While most of us felt that it was a good backdrop, others felt that it was an opportunist writing. I’m torn. I don’t think that any time period should be off limits and that includes that day. The worst day.

For me? This is a good book… but, for once, the screen adaptation overshadowed. I actually liked the characters, for the most part. I had a few problems with the mom, being a mom myself, but ultimately it was well-done.

Recommended for drama readers.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close recasts recent history through the eyes of Oskar Schell, an unusually intelligent nine-year-old on an urgent quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center. This unlikely adventure takes Oskar through every city borough and into contact with survivors of all sorts, and it’s his irrepressible voice—one that few writers could conceive as imaginatively as Foer does—that transforms the tragedy of circumstance into an exhilarating tribute to love.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2013: 30

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