Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[Book Review] Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Part 1: From The Book Cover

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.

Part 2: Recommendation

This book was selected for our first office book club meeting and sad to say... I give up on trying to finish this book. It doesn't make any sense to me and it is forever confusing me as to who is speaking. I can't get into the story and the story line doesn't flow as smoothly as I had originally thought. Another issue I had with this book is how depressing and disturbing the characters are. If this is a normal first person point of view book, where the chapters are clearly labeled as to who's point of view that chapter is about, I might probably try to finish this book despite its depressing and disturbing characters and their story.

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