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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Title: Extremely Loud and Incredible Close
Author: Jonathan Safer Foer
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Source: School Library
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Review: All I can say abut this book is good things but the issue is trying to put a book this incredible into words is hard.
This book follows the story of Oskar after his father died on September 11th. He finds a key in a vase in his father's closest. Oskar hopes this means something so that he can have a way to connect with and be close to his father again after his death. He spends months going around the city trying to find who the key belongs to.
This was a very special read for me and it holes such a special place in my heart. How do I describe this book? I loved this book immensely and I can relate to Oskar in weird ways but there are many people that would not appreciate it. Two of my best friends like to read some but I would never recommend this to them. I know they would say it is boring and slow. You have to take time to read each word so that you can cherish all that this book says.
In The Fault in Our Stars by John Green there is a quote that says "Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal." Hazel say this book about her favorite quote An Imperial Affliction. Often I have books that I want to share with people so i can put the shattered world back together, but never before have I truly understood what Hazel meant about a book so special that you what to keep it to yourself. I feel as if this is the book I need to keep to myself because I do not want to betray the story. I can't stand the thought of recommending this book to most people, only a handful of people would appreciate it the way it should be appreciated. This book truly is my An Imperial Affliction.
I loved Oskar he's emotions were so real, life is complicated and confusing. Oskar just wanted to figure life out and find a way to be close to his father even after he was gone. Emotions are complicated and it's hard to being happy when living life. Throughout the book it says 'living is harder than dying' I think it's so true, it is so easy to just give up and die. You have to work to live and you have to keep trying even when everything bad has happened to you.
This book is beautiful and tragic and wonderful. I cannot say whether I recommend it to you because you need to choose if you want to read it. I only recommend it to someone who will love it for everything that it is.
I am super busy right now with school and I barely even have time to read on weekends. Spring break is in a week and a half so I hope to get lots of good reading and reviews in, in lieu of posting book reviews I will probably start posting random thought posts again :)