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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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May 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: audio-books, fiction
Recommended to Melanie by: Public library - withdrawn section ($1.00)

Listened to on an unabridged eleven-hour, eight-cassette tape set I bought at the public library booksale for $1.00. Read by various narrators.

It's hard to describe this book in a way that does it justice. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is always inventing, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is as intricate and surprising and occasionally wrenching as any of his inventions, as Oskar's winding eight-month-long journey through the telephone book and the five (remaining) boroughs of New York, as the story of his family. When the World Trade Center fell, when I was a junior in high school, it seemed surreal--horrifying, but after the first days, muted by distance, disagreeable politics, lack of understanding. But seven years later, there is Oskar Schell, and laughter, and real tears.

It was 10:22:27.

I looked at the caller ID and saw that it was him.


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