Friday, June 6, 2008

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

This clever book by Jonathan Safran Foer is shocking and moving, a hilarious book and a realistic book… The main character is nine-year-old Oscar who is trying to cope with the 9/11 disaster in which he lost his father. The character is honest and direct and the psyche of this character is truly believable. His world is disorganized and unhinged. The generation of his grandparents has gone through similar losses and has dealt with it in their way. So the main theme would be loss and the restoration of a kind of balance. The thoughts are logical in a quirky way, plausible in an unhinged world. The writing is sublime and the visual of the book functional, not as an imposed extra to divert the reader. Read this book at a slower speed than you usually do, every word counts, an article or not will change the meaning… Throughout the book you’ll find variations, allusions to the title, savor them!
Quotes: Just because you ‘re an atheist, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t love for things to have reasons for why they are.
I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.
Whenever people cried themselves to sleep, the tears would go all to the same place, and in the morning the weatherman could report if the water level of the reservoir of Tears had gone up or down, and you could know if New York was in heavy boots.
I asked him if he was a racist. He said poverty made him nervous, not people.
I couldn’t tell what he was feeling, because I couldn’t speak the language of his feelings.
Really, try and read this book!

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