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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Reading this one next ... Maybe ... Got 100's of hard copy books to read as well as loads on the Kindle. So got to trawl thru them before I go back to the UK as I can't take them all with me :(

Look forward to your review on it :)


message 2: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely It's an easy book to read, Sharon. I will probably finish this early next week. I look forward to your review too. I am sure, we will have a similar rating considering that we have not really differed on our ratings so far.


message 3: by Colin (new)

Colin McKay Miller It's a good one (but yeah, Foer cheats when it comes to getting the maturity he needs from Oskar).


message 4: by Judy (last edited Nov 29, 2011 12:38PM) (new)

Judy Excellent balanced review. I like how you addressed both your likes and dislikes. It sounds like he touched you emotionally despite the things that bothered you.


message 5: by Teresa (new)

Teresa I need to read something by JSF one day.


message 6: by Mary (new)

Mary This is one I have had sitting on the to-read for awhile and was reluctant for the unusual style. But I will give this a try soon. I think the variants in style was the reason I kept passing over it but It sounds like I am missing a good story by being too comfortable in traditional writing style!! :) Thanks for such a comprehensive review K.D. !


message 7: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Thanks for the info, Collin.

T: Yes, my friend said that his "Everything is Illuminated" is better than this. That will be my next. Then I am also planning to read his girlfriend's "The History of Love" as they say that it is also better than this.

Judy: Thanks. It actually almost made me cry. It's so heavy and sometimes felt contrived and emotionally manipulative. But in the end, I think the stylish approach and the appropriate denouement balanced everything out. I really liked it but I just could not give it a five star rating because the plot is really thin. There almost nothing to it in terms of character development.

Marzie: Oh yes, the new style is refreshing and very interesting. The snippets of events in between made me say things like "oh, what is this? who is the one talking? why is this in hiroshima or dresden all of the sudden?"


message 8: by Jinky (new)

Jinky Excellent review ..brought it all back to me! Still need to get my hands on the printed book.. want to see those illustrations. Thanks for the reminder. :)


message 9: by K.D. (last edited Nov 29, 2011 04:30PM) (new)

K.D. Absolutely Yes, Jinks. Oh yes, I saw your review last night. There are just so many pages with nothing on them, with one lines, pictures, etc. There was even a handful of lines looking like a manuscript with editor's proofreading symbols. I thought that those illustrate the feelings of the characters especially the boy searching for answers to his questions about his father.


message 10: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Yes, Emir. Frankly, I had that same feeling in some of the pages of the book. But I think it is part of his grand scheme. In the end of your reading, you would feel that there is a reason for all that "extravagant treatment." Or probably that is his style and he'd like to show the thinking or the feeling of the boy. Kinda neurotic at times really as if the boy is not 9 years old. Colin established that already in his review and his comment above. I actually thought that the boy has Asperger's Syndrome like the boy in A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time but there was no mention of it. Had he been autistic, it would have been more realistic, I think.


message 11: by Jofer (new)

Jofer Nice review! (But I'm still hoping na may reading buddy ako ng binasa ko 'to. :D)


message 12: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Emir: Remember, I'll give my copy to you as my Christmas gift! :)

Jofer: Hmmm, the book is not difficult to understand. But if you feel a reading buddy would help you, why not? Thanks for the like friend.


message 13: by Teresa (new)

Teresa T: Yes, my friend said that his "Everything is Illuminated" is better than this. That will be my next."

Rhea owns that one, so I'll borrow it from her one day.


message 14: by Colin (new)

Colin McKay Miller I've heard Everything is Illumninated is better, too, but Krauss' History of Love is not as good as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, though I read them nearly back-to-back (Foer first).


message 15: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Colin: Really? Ian (my other friend here whose opinions I really value) rated it with 5 stars.


message 16: by Colin (new)

Colin McKay Miller I will nay-say, Ian; I will nay-say him good!

(Then again, ask him which one he read first -- I think that shapes your opinion.)


message 17: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I will send him a PM. :)


message 18: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda I enjoyed your observation concerning the Tin Drum, a book which is certainly monumental, although I wonder whether it is so because it belongs strictly to literature. When you say that you think that the issue of 9/11 is almost used irresponsibly in this, I suggest (without having read the book, which is perhaps irresponsible in itself,) that this is perhaps an effort to demonstrate our monolithic sense of alienation and the great lengths necessary to evoke the simplicity of true human conviction. In any case, I feel obliged now to at least pick it up and peruse it, for which I thank you.


message 19: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Rhonda: Thanks. Well said my friend :)


message 20: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Do yourself a favor and read Everything Is Illuminated. In my opinion, it is a far superior novel.


message 21: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely Yes, I will do that Aaron. Only "Everything is Illuminated" is in the 1001. I only read this because I like Don Delillo's "Falling Man" last year.


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