I only post on books that I have read and enjoyed- The reason for this is because I don't finish books I don't like. I am such a literature snob that I barely give many books a chance. Like art it has to blow me away or I don't give it the time of day. I don't have a rating system that would distinguish a really good book from an amazing one. This book makes me wish I did.
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything is Illuminated which has received much acclaim and was made into a film in 2005 starring Liev Schreiber and Elijah Wood. Born and raised in a Jewish home both of JSF’s brothers are also writers.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was published in 2005 and uses the 9/11 tragedy to tell the story of nine years old Oskar Schell, who lost his father in the World Trade Center. This precocious and sad soul will melt you.
The writing is genius- I mean pure genius. This book alone is bursting with sentences and thoughts that make me want to stop, record the thought and contemplate it. Furthermore JSF uses a non-traditional style of story telling called visual writing. He uses photographs as well as unconventional fonts and letter placement, enhancing the method of 'showing the reader' -a writing technique that is important in the development of any good story. Despite my many pauses of ‘genius appreciation’ I finished the book in a week. I cried so much and I now have a new definition of love- how I want to love and how to experience it.
Have you read this book? Any other books by JSF?