Friday, February 4, 2011

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - a novel by Jonathan Safron Foer

I think this is just the most wonderful title for a novel. This author writes very unusual books with quirky characters and he takes you on a journey of discovery from a place that seems quite simple and then develops into something very complex.

This book is the story of a nine year old boy called Oscar, his father is killed on September 11th in the World Trade Centre. Oscar discovers a key in a wardrobe and sets about discovering what it could possibly fit. It doesn't fit anything in his home and the search for the missing lock leads him on a huge journey way out of his neighbourhood and into the many and various places of New York City, but also back through history.

Oscar is a great character. He has skills in all sorts of things but particularly in inventing things, talking to complete strangers and discovering new things. He desperately misses his father and the journey to find the home of the key is also a journey to find out about his father. The book has lots of different sections. Some colour pages full of scribbles, words typed over the top of each other, some pages with only two or three words on them, there are photos of clues Oscar finds and some that may take you ages to figure out. Reading this book is an experience you won't forget and a story that will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommended to people who liked The Book Thief and The Shadow of the Wind.

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