Friday, October 25, 2013
Book Report - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Authour: Johnathan Safran Foer
Length: 326 pages
How long it took me to read: Three Weeks
What it's about: Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
The ending is the most important part: I'm very glad this book ended. I kept reading this book with the hopes that it would get better. It only got a little better in that some loose ends were tied up, but not enough.
Last word: I totally hated this book. It was torture reading it. It jumped around too much, was confusing, and the pictures were weird. I do not recommend this book at all.
Spoilers after the jump
This book was so confusing and hard to read.
I loved Oskar Schell. What a cute boy. Funny, weird, intelligent. Just what I like in a main character. Then his grandparents are introduced who are even weirder, and it ruins everything.
The pictures were so random. There is a series of pictures at the end that show someone jumping our of the World Trade Center on 9/11. It is very disturbing. Very, very disturbing. Blech.
When Oskar discovers the mystery of the key, it is so disappointing. It has nothing to do with his father, and to me it's like he loses him all over again. There was no good wrap up at the end.
This book was too weird for me. And that's saying a LOT>