Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

I really enjoyed reading this book. The precocity of the nine-year-old protagonist Oskar Schell is truly endearing; he constantly ‘invents’ (makes up useful things in his head that he feels should exist), is very knowledgeable, and likes writing letters to famous people like Stephen Hawking and Jane Goodall. The story follows his adventures through New York as he attempts to unravel what he believes is his late father’s last puzzle for him – a key that must open one of New York’s 162 million locks. Interspersed with his first-person narrative are epistles by a mysterious character with her own experiences, but which are slowly revealed to be related to Oskar. As the story went on, I found myself feeling sadder and sadder – moving you like the best tragic love stories do. A story not just about Oskar but about the Schell family and life in New York, as well a love story between two initially anonymous lovers and also about the beautiful relationship between Oskar and his late father, this multi-narrative tale by Jonathan Safran Foer will leave you crying extremely loudly or at least incredibly close to tears.

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