Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

loudandclose Go & get this book. No really. Now. Shut your browser window; pick up your keys & go to your nearest Half Price & buy it.

I read his first book earlier this summer - Everything is Illuminated. I liked it. It was good. I laughed & there were even times I gasped because of the grueling nature of his diction.

But then I kept hearing, "oh his other book is so much better than this one, though!"

I figured, if everyone says so - then it must be true! Not really, but I figured I should probably check it out. So I did, and...wow.

Wow. Basically, it's one of THE BEST books I have read this year - if not ever.

The whole premise is pretty brilliant. Oskar, a 9-year-old, lost his father in the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center. One night, he finds a piece of paper & a key in his parents' room & embarks on this incredible attempt to solve the mystery. As the story progresses, you realize many of the characters have interwoven lives, and just as Foer is so capable of doing, these characters learn that life hurts, and it sucks sometimes, but by golly breathe deep & enjoy the sunshine because you aren't around for long.

Note: I highly recommend either buying or checking this book out from your local library. No audiobooks. Why? There's pictures. And the pictures are highly integral to the plot, & I just can't imagine listening to a picture.  That's right. This book has pictures. Who knew? A novel for big kids with pictures & it isn't manga! (yesss.)

Posted on August 26, 2009 .