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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old October 4th, 2005, 16:46 Thread Starter
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Jonathan Safran Foer is also the writer of 'Everything is illuminated'. 'Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close' is the story about Oskar Schell, a 9 year old kid, whose dad died in the 9/11 attacks. He finds a key that belonged to his father and goes on a quest to find the lock in which it fits.

The book is tender, sometimes heartbreaking, but due to Foer's incredible talent never corny. Even the 'over-intelligent' 9-year-old never annoys. This makes it an incredible and often funny read. If you only are going to read 1 book this year, choose 'Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close'!
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gOD, are you Jonathan Safran Foer????
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Jonathan Safran Foer is also the writer of 'Everything is illuminated'. 'Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close' is the story about Oskar Schell, a 9 year old kid, whose dad died in the 9/11 attacks. He finds a key that belonged to his father and goes on a quest to find the lock in which it fits.

The book is tender, sometimes heartbreaking, but due to Foer's incredible talent never corny. Even the 'over-intelligent' 9-year-old never annoys. This makes it an incredible and often funny read. If you only are going to read 1 book this year, choose 'Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close'!
Geert-

I heard about this book through a friend. How bad or how entertaining is the read? Easy read or hard read?

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The cover placed Foer between Isaac Bashevis Singer and Saul Bellow. Coincidentally the book I read before was Bellow's 'Herzog'. Having read quite some books of Singer as well, I can tell you that 'Extremely loud....' is much much lighter than those works. The only reason for the comparison to me is that all 3 authors are (NY'ers?) of Jewish origine.

It reads easily, it is very funny at times (think Dave Eggers without the arrogance), and although it sometimes feels light, it certainly isn't (of course not with that subject). Give it a try (and if you did, tell us what you thought about it)

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The cover placed Foer between Isaac Bashevis Singer and Saul Bellow. Coincidentally the book I read before was Bellow's 'Herzog'. Having read quite some books of Singer as well, I can tell you that 'Extremely loud....' is much much lighter than those works. The only reason for the comparison to me is that all 3 authors are of Jewish origine.

It reads easily, it is very funny at times (think Dave Eggers without the arrogance), and although it sometimes feels light, it certainly isn't (of course not with that subject). Give it a try (and if you did, tell us what you thought about it)
Will do Geert and thanks for the insight.
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I'm now reading "Everything Is Illuminated". It's Jonathan Safran Foer's debut. Has anyboy read it?
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I'm now reading "Everything Is Illuminated". It's Jonathan Safran Foer's debut. Has anyboy read it?
If not do so. It's a truely amazing book!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old August 31st, 2006, 16:45
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Foer was in Brazil last month, talking about his new book. I haven't read it, but sounds like a very good one.

Actually, right now I'm reading his older brother's book, How soccer explains the world. It a very interesting view on our favourite sport. If anyone wants to check it out, the author is called Franklin Foer.
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