Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer | Books | The GuardianHoughton Mifflin Company. ITS title is "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," but it will also be known, inevitably, perhaps primarily, and surely intentionally, as that new Sept. Does a novel with such a high-concept visual kicker and sensational book-club conversation starter even need a title at all? Besides containing a wealth of other photographs and attention-grabbing graphic elements, Jonathan Safran Foer's second novel his first was "Everything Is Illuminated" positively teems with text -- most, but not all, of which takes the form of prose. There's a distinction, of course, and Foer is just the sort of brainy, playful young writer, his critical faculties honed by the academy and his multimedia sensibilities shaped by the Internet and heaven knows what else, for whom this arcane distinction is second nature and a perfect excuse for fun and games. To Foer and his peers who can't really be called experimental, since their signature high jinks, distortions and addenda first came to market many decades back and now represent a popular mode that's no more controversial than pre-ripped bluejeans , a novel is an object composed of pages tattooable with an infinite variety of nonsentence-like signs and signifiers. As Foer's new book demonstrates, some pages can even be left blank.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
If Jonathan Safran Foer ever tells his readers what he thinks and feels, he tells it slant. Half of his celebrated debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated , consisted of tiresome magic-realist yarns about a Ukrainian shtetl, written by a quasi-fictional Jonathan Safran Foer. It looks at September 11 through the eyes of Oskar Schell, a weird, precocious 9-year-old whose father died in the World Trade Center collapse. In a novel about the Holocaust, this kind of oblique, even playful, strategy worked, partly because the subject has already been so exhaustively and earnestly explored. But September 11, that spectacular monstrosity plopped into the middle of an ordinary Tuesday in downtown Manhattan, is another matter.
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Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Oskar Schell is nine years old although he will claim to be eight if he wants someone to feel sorry for him; or 12 if he wants a kiss. Things which are good are like "one hundred dollars", but when things get bad Oskar gets "heavy boots". And things are pretty bad. His father has been killed in the 11 September attacks and Oskar - an inventor of all kinds of imaginary things, including cars so long they begin at your home and end at your destination - seems condemned to spend his life "inventing" his father's unknown death. His father left other mysteries behind him. What was the meaning of the task he set Oskar, a kind of treasure hunt around Central Park - but with no clues? Why did he not say "I love you" in his final phone messages?