Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Genre: Literary Fiction
Category: 13. Read a book written after 1949
Date Started: June 9th 2017
Date Finished: June 17th 2017
This book would probably be an emotional read for lots of people but it was incredibly emotional for me for so many reasons. The book follows the journey of 9 year old Oskar who lost his father in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Oskar is a charming narrator, incredibly intelligent with wide ranging interests and abilities far beyond the regular 9 year old. Though it is never addressed directly in the book the film adaptation apparently explains that Oskar has been diagnosed with Asperger’s which explains many of his unusual behaviors. This is the first aspect that was emotional for me because my fiancee’s brother has also been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and is only slightly older than Oskar so many of his slightly obsessive interests are familiar to me.
The second reason it’s so emotional is perhaps a little more obvious, when I was a little older than Oskar I also lost someone on September 11. In my case it was not my father but my grandmother and she died from natural causes rather than a terrorist attack. But, it was also one of the biggest events to occur in my young life.
The novel explores both Oskar’s experiences trying to deal with the death of his father as well as his grandparents including the relationship between his grandma who he is very close to and his grandfather who he has never met. And both stories are just amazing to read for so many reasons. It’s hard to tell you much without spoiling this book for you but I cannot recommend it enough.
Rating: 4/5 stars