Oskar Schell is an inventor, jewelry designer, jewelry fabricator, amateur entomologist, francophile, vegan, origamist, pacifist, percussionist, amateur astronomer, computer consultant, amateur archeologist, collector of: rare coins, butterflies tat died natural deaths, miniature cacti, Beatles memorabilia, semiprecious stones, and other things. Thomas Schell, Oskar`s father died on September 11, 2001 in one of the World Trade Center Buildings, this was before the story began. Everything that`s left is the memories Oskar shares with his father, his good-bye calls on the answering machine, his personal belongings and a key in an envelope that says nothing more than the word “Black”. A color? A name? Something else? Oskar starts his journey to find the matching lock for the key. Parallel to this story line, another one about Oskar`s grandmother and her past evolves.
Some of the pages in this book are empty, others contain no more than a word, some contain so many words that you can`t even read them. Some pages contain pictures.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is unlike any book I have read before. It`s written mostly from a child`s point of view, though a very educated one. I think it is a type of book that you will either love or hate. Even though Oskar`s dad had to die in one of the towers attacked on September 11, this book is not a very sad one. You do feel very sorry for Oskar but I think this book is about much more. I`d like to say more, but I would probably say too much about the storyline. I would however really recommend this book.
Next, I want to see the movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock among others. Also, I think I will probably read another Jonathan Safran Foer book.
Have you read this book or seen the movie? Or any other Foer book? What are your thoughts?