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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Jul 19, 07

Recommended for: people that are willing to feel everything
Read in January, 2007

Whatever with what happens to us when we die, this book reminds us of how connected we are right now and being connectioned to somone as brilliant as Foer is reason enough to be grateful!
I was completely baffaled at Foer's ability to know and convey so many things at once. His intimate view into grieving was what amazed me the most, his ability to carry you into the horrible realities without turning it into a sappy, poor kid type story was amazing.
So many things were familiar about living after someone you love has died in a tragic way:
-the reeling mind that happens when somone is late.
-the hiding that goes on in an attempt to lessen other peoples grief.
-the dismay at seeing other people take babysteps towards healing and the utter horror with the people that seemingly leap there without a step.
-the realization of guilt you feel when you step away from grief, even for a second.
-the re-playing and imagining of the gory details.
And all of that is only one part of the tons of stories told in this book. When I was done I felt like I couldn't verbalize the connections fast enough.
I found it difficult to look at the photo's and felt weak for not being able to view what Oskar couldn't delete from his mind.
I've never felt as impacted by graphic effects as I was with this book. I was lightened and stressed out and saddened by their presence.
I am going to buy my own copy of this book and I'm fairly certain it wont come off my shelf unless there is someone here to share it with. I can't imagine going there alone again.
Did I mention I LOVED THIS BOOK?
p.s. if you see anything by Elizabeth Kubler Ross anywere, please burn it and leave this book in it's place.
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Carolanne I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!!

Josh Great review, Marie. Anybody waiting to read this book, stop everything else you are doing, and read it now. It's that good. And to the naysayers that talk about the style being too "gimmicky," I think using the word gimmicky describing this book, is gimmicky. Everything has it's place and purpose. Feel more deeply.

Anne This is a great review for a great book!

Malbadeen Thanks! I love your enthusiasm!

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