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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Mar 30, 07

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2007reads, family-drama, adult, realistic
Read in March, 2007

To all those who say this wasn’t any good, I say Bah, and You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About. It’s a 9/11 story, in a way—-a 9-year-old boy (Oskar) on a quest for answers after his father dies in the World Trade Center. After finding a key labeled “Black” in his father’s belongings, Oskar tries to track down the owner (by visiting every person named Black in the New York City phone directory), in the hopes of understanding something more about his father. There’s a second story being told, about an old man who can’t speak, and the life he’s had since leaving Dresden after the World War II bombings. The stories come together beautifully, I have no idea why people are saying that this book just isn’t good. It’s sad, it’s touching, it’s intriguing, it’s funny.

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