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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael So well said to me. Enough to swallow my doubts. Now how can I nominate it for favored review? You cover a lot of ground in a lively way in a short space, pegging it succinctly an anti-war book that explores the creative mind of a grieving kid. That sounds like a worthy focus to me. In fact it resembles two of my favorites for such a mash-up. Berin Wild and Empire of the Sun, the first Elly Welt's story of a Jewish boy surviving the war in a genetics laboratory and the latter Ballard's semi-autobiographical account of a boy running free in a Japanese internment camp, both with a hopeful drift like Foer.


Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Thanks so much for your kind comments Michael! I had doubts about this book as well, I really do believe you would appreciate it. I've been sorta obsessing on it for the last 2 weeks. Wake up, go to sleep thinking about it. Funny how writing a review helps put your thoughts in order - it's like a purging. Anyway, I thought it was really great.
Couldn't find Berlin Wild, I'll read Empire of the Sun - and only because it's got a hopeful drift. I need that, I'm a bit of an emotional coward.


message 3: by Angela (new)

Angela Great review, Florence. This is another book that I bought ages ago, but haven't read yet. Your review has motivated me to find it among the great piles of unread books that I have here. Thank you:)


Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Angela wrote: "Great review, Florence. This is another book that I bought ages ago, but haven't read yet. Your review has motivated me to find it among the great piles of unread books that I have here. Thank you:)"

Thankyou Angela, that's very kind of you to say so. I've got quite the pile of to reads myself. I find is so much easier to pick a 'light' book, but when I sit down with one like this, I rarely regret it.


message 5: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Eloquently written, my friend :)


Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Kelly wrote: "Eloquently written, my friend :)"

Thanks darlin :)


message 7: by Gary the (new)

Gary the Bookworm I just read some negative reviews of this. I was reassured by your positive review. How's the collection going? (Earrings for Petra...)


Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Gary wrote: "I just read some negative reviews of this. I was reassured by your positive review. How's the collection going? (Earrings for Petra...)"

Ignore the negatives & trust your instincts:) Read your review - this is the only book I've read on 9-11 so I bow to your expertise - glad to know I lucked out and chose one of the best. Horrible to be revisiting this with the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Not alot of takers on the collection for Petra. Your contribution perhaps lost in the mail?


message 9: by Gary the (new)

Gary the Bookworm Loonies have a way of disappearing in the post office, hence the expression "going Postal"! I don't usually modify my response to a book based on other opinions. I think it enhances the experience to read lots of different viewpoints though.


message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Florence, I like your review too. I'm glad you also enjoyed this book. It's not the MOST powerful anti-war book I've read though. I can think of a few others. Have you ever read Johnny Got His Gun?


message 11: by Florence (Lefty) (new)

Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh No I haven't. I'm an emotional coward when it comes to reading about the horrors of war but you're dead right, there are a ton of books that describe it in detail, I've read a few. For me this was so powerful because it gave me hope. That an "Oskar" our future generation would not fixate on revenge,that helps me believe in the possibility of a world without war. So technically it's the most hopeful anti-war book I've read, but that doesn't read very well, does it LOL! Thanks Lisa, you got me thinking:)


message 12: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan JGHG does not describe war in great detail, but is narrated from the mind of a man who's been grievously injured during a war, WWI if I'm remembering correctly.


message 13: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan I loved Oskar too, Florence.


message 14: by Arnie (new)

Arnie Thank you for posting that extremely well written and incisive review. Loved it.


message 15: by Florence (Lefty) (new)

Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Arnie wrote: "Thank you for posting that extremely well written and incisive review. Loved it."

Wow, what a lovely compliment - and appreciated Arnie. Review is straight from the heart, haven't read a book that effected me this strongly in years.


message 16: by Arnie (new)

Arnie Florence,
You must read his wife's book, The History of Love. Probably my favorite of the books I've read in the last couple of years.


message 17: by BrokenTune [Disclaimer: My opinion is not paid for by Amazon.] (last edited Jul 17, 2013 02:46PM) (new)

BrokenTune [Disclaimer: My opinion is not paid for by Amazon.] Florence, I loved your review of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - so much more than the book itself.


message 18: by Florence (Lefty) (new)

Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Ulrike wrote: "Florence, I loved your review of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - so much more than the book itself."

Hah!! Good thing I started it diplomaticly with "No two persons ever read the same book" It is one of those love it or hate it novels. There were passages that drove me crazy, obviously I tuned out it's weaknesses & focused on it's strengths. Thanks Ulrike, lovely thing to say.


message 19: by Ivonne (last edited Jul 20, 2013 10:11AM) (new)

Ivonne Rovira Once again, I need to add a book or nudge a book further up on the EGTRL (Ever-Growing To-Read List), thanks to you! Please keep pointing us to books we shouldn't live without.


message 20: by Ivonne (new)

Ivonne Rovira Should one read Everything Is Illuminated first?


message 21: by Florence (Lefty) (new)

Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Ivonne wrote: "Should one read Everything Is Illuminated first?"

I didn't, don't think they're connected. Hope you do like it, it is one of those books that divide the ranks - not my preferred choice of writing at all, think the style called stream of consciousness, something like that... I went into it with an open mind - thought I'd give it a shot - and ended up just loving it. It does have it's weaknesses Ivonne, no getting around it. But closed it thinking, wow, this is a book I'll always remember...


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