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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Sep 05, 2011

really liked it

I found this so moving, but in a very quiet way. It wasn't always the central drama -- the young boy grieving a father killed on 9/11 -- that compelled me so much as some of the smaller stories, like that of the widower who hammers a nail into his bedframe every day since his wife's death, just as a way to get his day started. Foer is an imaginative storyteller and he weaves together the strands of this novel (9/11, Dresden) with photographs and different typefaces so beautifully, it's never showy. And always at the heart of the book there's the great voice of young Oskar, whose grief has put him in "heavy boots."

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