Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

By Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Release Date: 2013-09-03
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 2,357 Ratings


Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination.
Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin.


  • Spoiler

    By _nico27_
    I have not read the book yet, but you totally ruined it in the description. Thanks.
  • Extreamly Loud and Incredibly Close

    By Cormican08
    This book is written beautifully. It can be hard to follow if you don't pay attention. It's a very touching book and a great read.
  • Difficult

    By Bread maker
    Sorry...just couldn't get past the first 100 pages....
  • Amazing

    By Aria_rios
    This book is so sad, I couldn't hold back my tears while reading the ending. But it's also beautiful and teaches you to live your life. The author couldn't have done a better job at interpreting each of the characters point of view.. It's a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone... Simply amazing.
  • Deeply affecting and universal

    By AllknowingSoothsayer
    I am so grateful for this book. It is a gift to suffering humanity and a healing balm to my deepest personal wounds.
  • Amazing

    By onetimothy412
    Hands down, the best book I've ever read.
  • Extremly Loud and.....

    By divar
    Me gusto mucho como con sentido de humor, fue sembrando una gran empatía y tristeza en mi. Me pareció que retrata el sentimiento de perdida, de un ser querido entrañablemente.
  • Wow

    By Sarahmom5
    This book is so worth buying instead of checking out because I will probably read it over and over again. The way it gives prospective and makes you think about people you love and how life is too short, it was AMAZING!
  • It was ok but hard to follow!!

    By Brabbitbh
    Don't read often but had to for school summer assignment. It was good but it didn't keep me glued.
  • Very Moving Read

    By oftherose
    Wonderful story of love and loss. Will go and see the movie now. Hope it doesn't disappoint.