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Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Extremely good, and a little bit Morose.

Okay, not morose, exactly. Just…not THE most upbeat book I’ve ever read.

But oh so beautiful.

Oskar Schell pulled me in to his world so completely, I started thinking like him and seeing the world through his eyes even when I wasn’t reading EL&IC. The trauma of nine year old Oskar losing his father in the 9/11 attacks is the centerpiece of the book. But the event echos back to other tragedies in Oskar’s family which ultimately brought his grandparents together. Their story is one of the most painful and poetic relationships I’ve ever seen in print.

The plausibility (or lack thereof) of Oskar’s story happening in real life ceased to matter to me about half way in. Oskar is an everyman living in NYC after 9/11. His search for what’s lost and finding hope in what’s not lost is…okay, I can’t come up with a better word than “beautiful” so I’ll go with that. I’ll admit it. I cried. I actually bawled. It’s okay. It needed to come out.

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