Friday, September 17, 2010

Books 113: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I'm currently in the middle of reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, which fellow blogger Mayte highly recommended. And although I'm not yet finished with the book, I already completely agree. Thank goodness I managed to grab the last copy at Barnes & Noble, because I was hooked after the first paragraph.

It's pretty fitting that I started reading this on Saturday, the anniversary of September 11th, because the story centers around an extraordinary nine-year-old boy named Oskar Schell whose father died during the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. A year after his father's death, Oskar finds a mysterious key in an envelope with the word "Black" written on it in his father's closet. Oskar supposes that this could be a clue to a riddle that his father left him, and makes it his mission to discover the lock that the key will open. And so his search begins. Oskar is determined to visit every person in New York City with the last name Black and find out if they know anything. This is as far as I've read up to at this point, and I can't wait to continue reading.

“We laughed and laughed, together and separately, out loud and silently, we were determined to ignore whatever needed to be ignored, to build a new world from nothing if nothing in our world could be salvaged, it was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn’t think about my life at all.”


  1. So very interesting. Glad you are posting about it.

  2. oh! i really need to finish this book. it was amazing when i was reading it. actually my best friend & i were reading it outloud to each other. but, yes, very good book!