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From the critically acclaimed author of Here I Am, Everything is Illuminated and We are the Weather - a heartrending and unforgettable novel set in the aftermath of the 9/11
'Utterly engaging, hugely involving, tragic, funny and intensely moving... A heartbreaker' Spectator
'The most incredible fictional nine-year-old ever created... a funny, heart-rending portrayal of a child coping with disaster. It will have you biting back the tears' Glamour
'Pulsates with dazzling ideas' Times Literary Supplement
'It's a miracle... So impeccably imagined, so courageously executed, so everlastingly moving' Baltimore Sun
'Jonathan Safran Foer is a writer of considerable brilliance' Observer
In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key...
The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open?
So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Disaster has a way of bringing out the frightened little kid inside all of us. In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the aftermath of 9/11 is recounted by Oskar Schell, a precocious and sensitive nine-year-old whose father was killed when the Twin Towers collapsed. As Oskar embarks on a quixotic quest to solve the mystery of a key his dad hid in a vase, his guileless, achingly vivid and delightfully offbeat observations—about loss and his wide-ranging fascinations—will resonate with anyone who’s grappled to make sense of senseless tragedy.
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I read this book several years ago whilst on holiday and still remember how much I liked it - a really gorgeous character driven story that is very enjoyable. Ignore the dreadful film reviews and enjoy the original story.
i read this book as part of my coursework in my english a1 lit course for the ib ….it is a beautiful breathtaking book….it is my favourite book i have ever read. Reading and analysing this book makes u appreciate every theme and concept that is exhibited in this book. Truly beautiful. Its dramatic, exciting , funny and sad in a lovely way ….all at the same time! I am very excited to c the film as well …obviously it will pale in comparison though.