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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Sep 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read from September 06 to 11, 2011

Listening to this book in the days leading up to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 was an intense experience. The characters fascinate with strong voices, various mis/communication styles and adoption of one another's style (Mr. Black saying "what the?" and "Jose" like Oscar; Oscar and his grandmother signaling "yes" and "no" with their hands like the grandfather.) The three readers are excellent but the words themselves create distinct voices. The tragedy of the voice messages, unsent letters, letters from strangers, form letters, signs in windows, half-spoken truths, and things left unsaid all surround Oscar as he struggles to live after his father's death in the WTC. Very moving, and often funny, novel.

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