Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
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Worth the time
Good book. Painful to re-live 9/11 through a smart child, but worth the ride. If you liked "Perks of Being a Wallflower" I think you'll like this too.
READ, DON'T LISTEN. (five stars for the book, not the audiobook)
This is one of my favorite books, but I am begging you - buy a copy of the actual book and READ it. DON'T LISTEN. There are many powerful visual components to the book (pictures, different texts) that are completely lost, obviously, in the audiobook version. I'm stunned that this was even turned into an audiobook. The narration is off as well - there's no way anybody could portray Oscar quite right.
I don't even know how to fully express how important it is to read the book, and not to listen to the audiobook.... so just take my word for it, I implore you. You'll be grateful you did.
It's seriously depressing that only two other people have been moved by this story, but if you're looking for something that's quite bottomless in depth, you've come to the right place. I recommend buying the actual book, because in the audio you don't get the pictures and colors that are quite essential to the plot. I read this a few years ago and I'm still recommending it to friends and family. It's such a beautiful story about 9/11 through the eyes of a brilliant boy. I still cry (and so do those who have read the book too) when I read the last page of that book, which I've used for many a monologue and references to the story. Read this book. It'll change your life, I kid you not.