Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#reading: discussing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

In Extremely Loud and Incredibly close we follow nine-year-old Oskar Schell as he seeks to live on after his dad's sudden death.

theme:  the power of the brain to develop strategies to cope with the emoitonal overpowering events.
character development:  the first thing we experience about Oskar is his mind. Through out the entire book we continue to be impressed by his intellect.
Written in such a way that you don't read the book--you live it. It becomes part of you.
Haunting quotes:  '[A] jerk of infite stupidty a most excellent masturbator in the second floor boys' bathroom--I have proof. Also he's dyslexic.' (p. 145)
'Even though I kenw that there were 161, 999, 999 locks in New York it didn't open, I still felt like it opened everything.' (p. 200)
'She said, "I know about this building because I love this building."...
"What is it about this building?" Mr. Black asked.
She said. "If I had an answer, it wouldn't really be love, would it?" '
Impression:  I cried on page 291. Did you? Will you?

Final thoughts:  Some readers have been upset with the writing style--lack of traditional paragraph structure, etc. However, I think that this treatment is appropriate. It shouldn't be easy to read this book because it wasn't easy for the narrator to tell his tale.
Next post:  I will be attending the Crime Writers of Canada award night. This means that there won't be four unique post this week. Instead Author Kenneth Weene will take over this blog a day early. Please welcome him and help to promote his post.

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