Reading this wonderful book for the second time was like coming home. This is one of the most moving and unique books I have ever come across and I wiReading this wonderful book for the second time was like coming home. This is one of the most moving and unique books I have ever come across and I will continue to be mesmorized by it as its beautiful words and characters will always be with me. Profound, mystifying, and original, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a book about many things and gives incredible insight on the way the world works and the nature of which we as humans perceive all things. However, most of all it tells the tale of the lives of a couple of different people who each in their own way are broken and misguided and trying to figure out simply how to live and go on. Some of them are told in a few sentences while others are told in chapters. The main character, Oscar, recieves the most attention as the nine-year-old hero who embarks on a quest to find the lock to a key that belonged to his late father who had fallen victim to the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks. He travels across New York City in each of its five boroughs over the bridge and through the streets following clues as to where this magical key has come from. He meets a number of different people who each in their own way get him a little bit farther in finding out the truth to his quest and in accepting his father's death.
This book was a joy to read and was especially refreshing reading it for a second time. I was extremely pleased and incredibly satisfied.
Read immediately if you have not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more
This took me a while to read... I am not sure why. Perhaps it was the complexity the story had come to or the million or so characters that were introThis took me a while to read... I am not sure why. Perhaps it was the complexity the story had come to or the million or so characters that were introduced. It was hard to keep track of them all. Ultimately, however, I was totally satisfied with the final installment of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. It was absolutely brilliant, edgy, and shocking. I am only left now with a certain bittersweet feeling knowing that the author, Stieg Larsson, is no longer in existence to write another. Both men and women would love these books- read them all. You won't be disappointed....more
I have never been so surprised and mystified by a book of such wisdom, caliber, and especially imagination in all my years of reading. The Book of LosI have never been so surprised and mystified by a book of such wisdom, caliber, and especially imagination in all my years of reading. The Book of Lost Things follows David after the loss of his mother and how he must acclimate himself to a new home and a new family. His fears and hatred take over the goodness he has in him for a time and he finds himself transported to a magical and terrifying world filled with war, monsters, and especially tricksters that try to best him throughout his journey to find the king of the land so that he may get home to his family that he really loved and missed all along. Dark and twisted fairy tales are woven in his adventures and one can only be reminded of wonderful movies such as Pan's Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, and Bridge to Terabithia that seem to echo The Book of Lost Things. Certainly, however, it is a book and story all its own and it needs to be read. You will be transported to great places. ...more
Vividly capturing the 1947-8 Dakar-Niger railway strike, God's Bit of Wood never ceases to shock, to inspire, and to ultimately shed light on an eventVividly capturing the 1947-8 Dakar-Niger railway strike, God's Bit of Wood never ceases to shock, to inspire, and to ultimately shed light on an event that truly shaped the importance of the African culture. Despite its many characters and at times confusing names and places, each story of the workers and their wives, the whites and the oppressors, the beggars and the unloved, all demonstrate the immense struggle that everyone was going through during the strike and the tremendous courage it took to follow through with it. The strike itself was certainly a revolt against the mistreatment and racism that the Africans had been experiencing for years by the European colonists that took advantage of them. Even more than that however, another type of prejudice is addressed in the novel and that is the issue of gender. The women are constantly battling with their roles in society and with equality that never seemed to be possible until the strike. Finally, particular strong female characters are each in their own way finding their inner strength and standing up to their men who think they are lower than themselves.
Sembene Ousmane weaves a beautiful piece of historical fictions with God's Bits of Wood and teaches the reader to never forget that matters of race, gender, and equality, are all matters that might never go away but we must still always fight for. ...more
Cleave blew me away with his recent novel, Little Bee. I was excited to read the older Incendiary, yet I was deeply disappointed and disgusted. Yes, ICleave blew me away with his recent novel, Little Bee. I was excited to read the older Incendiary, yet I was deeply disappointed and disgusted. Yes, I finished the entire novel but only because I kept hoping that it was going to turn around and improve. It did not. With a promising beginning, I was immediately intrigued with the heroine of the story writing a letter to Osama Bin Laden blaming him for the deaths of her husband and son in a terrorist attack at a soccer match. However, as it went on, I became less and less thrilled with this woman who was cheating on her husband while he was being killed and then loses her grip on reality and life. This was the biggest sob story I have ever read with the most ridciulous characters and scenarios... I cannot begin to describe, and I won't. All I can do is urge other readers to not even try with this one. I wasted a a couple weeks on this... not because I'm a slow reader but because it was so miserable to read. Cleaves, I was really let down....more
Boy did I have trouble with this book. I had difficulty giving it a rating... sometimes I just wish there were 1/2 stars because in reality I would haBoy did I have trouble with this book. I had difficulty giving it a rating... sometimes I just wish there were 1/2 stars because in reality I would have given it 3 and 1/2 stars- but ended up giving it 4. I had a lot of problems with this book because I found it to be a completely difficult, yet gripping book to read. I didn't like any one character because in my eyes none of them were honorable and they all had their own problems that were as a result of their own stupid, careless mistakes. This book was depressing and had me in a terrible mood throughout the whole time I was reading. I just wanted it to end, but of course I kept chugging along because I wanted to see what happened next. I ask this: does that make a good book? I don't know....more
This book astounded me and certainly deserves to be on a bookshelf right aside The Diary of Anne Frank. Zusak's haunting, moving, and beautiful storyThis book astounded me and certainly deserves to be on a bookshelf right aside The Diary of Anne Frank. Zusak's haunting, moving, and beautiful story is possibly one of the best modern stories about WWII to date. It s originality in itself is something to be talked about. Death as the narrator might be morbid but is truly fitting and appropriate when it is about the suffering during those horrible years in Europe. Liesel Meminger is a true heroine who steals your heart as you read about her own thefts and loves and losses she encounters throughout this endearing tale. Death says, " I am haunted by humans" but I am certainly haunted by Markus Zusak and his wonderful craftsmanship. He is the true "word shaker"....more