Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • 3.94 ·
  • 33 Ratings
  • 92 Want to read
  • 3 Currently reading
  • 45 Have read

A new novel by the author of Everything Is Illuminated introduces Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center bombing who searches the city for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind. Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin

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Cover of: Extremely loud & incredibly close
Extremely loud & incredibly close
2012, Penguin Books Ltd
in English - [Reprint].
Cover of: Extrem laut & unglaublich nah
Extrem laut & unglaublich nah: Roman
2007, Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verl.
in German
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Extremement fort et incroyablement pres: Roman
2007, Contemporary French Fiction
in French
Cover of: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
2006, Houghton Mifflin Company, Penguin
Cover of: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
April 4, 2006, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin
in English
Cover of: Extremely loud and incredibly close
Extremely loud and incredibly close
2005, Mariner Books
Hardcover in English
Cover of: Extremely loud & incredibly close
Extremely loud & incredibly close
2005, Houghton Mifflin
in English

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First Sentence

"What about a teakettle?"

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Library of Congress
PS3606.O38

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7358335M
ISBN 10
0141012692
ISBN 13
9780141012698
OCLC/WorldCat
64311389
Library Thing
5123
Goodreads
233788

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