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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Apr 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

At times a work of art worthy of high praise with poetic prose and profoundly moving moments. At other times this book resembles a grad student's creative writing project that may have earned an A but never got published - because it was never got those finishing touches it needed from editors who knew what they were doing. I applaud the writer for attempting such an undertaking. Such postmodern multimedia experimental fiction isn't often seen on bestseller lists, but Foer made it and his book became a movie so this should be a good sign for those willing to try their hand at experimental fiction. Not sure if this is good thing for the rest of us but I like it when writers take risks and that was my favorite thing about this book - Foer took a lot of risks and they clearly paid off. My least favorite thing about this book was the feeling that the main character, Oskar, didn't ever accomplish anything in his journey to people's houses. There is a real feeling that he is on the verge of accomplishing something but it never happens. I also didn't like the stories of the old people. That meant that only half of the book was enjoyable. All-in-all Foer has accomplished something significant here. I do recommend this book, if for no other reason than to experience the strangeness of this multimedia work. Also this is an important work about 9/11 and that aspect cannot go unmentioned.

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message 1: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi I'm looking forward to reading it.

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