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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Sometimes you come across a book that humbles you.  Sometimes you come across a book that knocks the wind out of you and leaves you gasping for breath.  Sometimes you want to find a character from your book to put the pieces of your broken heart back together.  Sometimes a book does all three.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer deserves more than a simple blog post review.  It deserves to be savored and remembered by all who have the honor of coming across it in their lifetime.  This is the story of Oskar Schell, a young boy who lost his father in the World Trade Center.  Oskar finds a key two years later and sets off through New York City to find what it belongs to, hoping that he can hold on to his father just a little longer.

Last night after I flipped through the last pages (and they are flip-pages, I didn't just not read them), I closed the book and held it to my heart hoping that it would put the pain I shared with these characters back inside.  I needed Oskar to stay in my life so that I could hold him and tell him that it never gets better, but you can sure try.  And I would be with him as long as he needed.  I fell in love with Oskar (more like an aunt-nephew relationship), and I didn't want to send him off into the world without someone to hold his hand.

For fear of giving just too much away, know that by not having read this book you are missing something.  It will affect you, break your heart, and love you back.

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