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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Apr 02, 2012

it was ok
Read in January, 2009

I'd like to give this less stars. I did appreciate the successful sense of uncertainty about the prime character's and what he would do, the story's essential direction, the appreciable vastness of New York City from the protagonist's perspective. I find books about 9/11 somehow forced and precious unless they are extremely straightforward. This book is fundamentally formulaic, or overly a creature of its time. Cute introspective unrealistic kid working through a preocious, timeless grief misdirection by wandering around in New York City, not well able to communicate with people he loves. The clever writing makes it easy to miss that.

I'd like to go back and re-read, or at least skim, the books I'm reviewing from distant memory.

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