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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel | Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin.
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zurazureen
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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Post 9/11 incident story from a victim‘s son perspective

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5280reader
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Hard to read for content- one has to be in a place to receive this story. Organizationally I was unsettled between storylines and point of view. Worth a read, skip the audiobook as there are text features and graphics that you will miss. #julydoublespin #betterlatethannever

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
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Vanessa
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Picked these up at a library sale yesterday even though I have eleventy billion unread books at home. Why am I like this?

Megabooks You‘re in good company at least! 😉 8mo
Leftcoastzen We are all like this !😄 8mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m going to power through the rest of my September reviews before I sleep in prep for the big readathon tomorrow.🎉

I was skeptical about this one for years (golly the reviews are SO polarized), but I fell decidedly to the pick side. Heartbreaking while also heartwarming, Oskar‘s story of grief and healing is compelling, and the writing and narrative choices really worked for me.

Glad I chose for #RelatedTo911 prompt for #Booked2021.

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Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve had this on my shelf for years. I fear I‘ll never be strong enough. 8mo
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading it‘s rough…. Not gonna lie. 8mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too and was skeptical at forehand too because I didn‘t care much for 8mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB I actually haven‘t read that one… and I don‘t think I will. 😬 8mo
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GinaKButler
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I tried this on audio earlier this year, but it wasn‘t working for me. So glad I picked up the book to see all of the extra pictures included...it‘s adding to the reading experience! #bookspinbingo

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marleed
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Early Sunday evening I went to pull a book from my Bookspin stack, when this book stood out on my TBR. And I knew. I knew this was the book I‘d read next because 20 years ago this was the last Labor Day, the last day, before the worst day. It‘s a beautiful story.

steph_phanie One of my all-time favorite books! ❤ 10mo
marleed @steph_phanie It was exactly the right read for this week. 10mo
GinaKButler Curious...would this make a good book club pick? I‘m looking for an interesting discussion... 9mo
marleed @GinaKButler I think it would. It‘s a very accessible book. I see it in the school reads section at the library. On Libby through my library both the ebook and audio are always available. It also correlates 9/11 to the bombings of England and Hiroshima - leading to an interesting discussion. …And the characters are lovely. 9mo
GinaKButler @marleed Thank you! We have a very diverse group and I love our discussions. They don‘t seem to have this on their goodreads. 😊 9mo
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Eggs Loved this book 11mo
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rachelk
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The backdrop for the story is 9/11 but it‘s really about a precocious boy embarking on an adventure through NYC while dealing with the aftermath of tragedy. It was at turns funny, sad and beautiful.

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I really loved this book, especially the narrative choices. The grandmother's ending seemed off to me, but otherwise I loved it.

#catsoflitsy #litsycats

BookishMarginalia What a cute kitty! 12mo
DivineDiana Beautiful 😻 12mo
Leftcoastzen Such a pretty kitty! 12mo
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peanutnine
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Thanks @Mavey for the tag!

#CuriousCovers Day 2: Red and white ❤️🤍

This has been on my TBR and bookshelf for ages. Might have to get to it soon

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover! ❤️📚🤍 13mo
Eggs It‘s so good ♥️⚪️♥️ 13mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#OppositeDay #Quiet Still haven‘t read it.

AmyG It‘s such a good book. 14mo
plemmdog I enjoyed it. I would probably have never read it, but my book club picked it, and I found the narrator‘s voice and LOV irresistible 14mo
TheKidUpstairs I haven't either! 14mo
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Anoukeboek
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I find it fascinating to dive into the heads of childeren. The story is heartbreaking at times, but also made me laugh extremely loud. The end made me sad, but overall the book is full of hope and adventure. Will read again!
(🎧 - audiobook)

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Auntynanny
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This was a very strange book, but I liked it. It reminded me of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.“ The story is also narrated by a child trying to sort out a mystery that he isn't able to fully understand.

Anoukeboek It reminded me of that book too! 1y
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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio. 🎧
#bookspinbingo

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EadieB
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Day 9 - #Incredible #WordsOfOctober
#ExtremelyLoudandIncrediblyClose #JonathanSafranFoer

I read this in Feb. It is an uplifting myth which was born of the sorrows of 9/11. Parts were hilarious but heartbreaking. I found it difficult to once again hear about people jumping from the World Trade Center unable to escape the roaring fire. It was great to hear how many families are moving forward. I found Foer to be wise & compassionate. Recommended.

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 2y
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 Now‘s the time! 2y
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Eggs
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The image of the man falling from the World Trade Center is probably the most troubling one that Oskar (and all of us) saw from the images of the 9/11 attacks. Oskar's terrified of the image but can't stop thinking about it. At the same time it gives him a strange comfort, because he thinks it could be his father and he believes that falling to your death is less painful than burning to death.
#senseoffalling #septembersenses

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amber_ldsmom
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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Mellyhilly
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My tenth book of #lockdown has been a good one. I really enjoyed this book although I did find it kind of hard to follow at time with the changing narrator but it was written so well and really makes you able to get inside of the mind of a grieving 9 year old. I watched the film a long time ago but found the book much more gripping

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paisleyjess
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It is an empirical but good read. Could be triggering in some cases but interesting to read about trauma of early 2000's in this different world.

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BittersweetBooks
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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness💔🧳🔒

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chlolovesbooks
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amber_ldsmom
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I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while, so I finally picked it up as my #tearjerker read. While I didn‘t actually cry, it was a painful book to read. That‘s the best way to describe it: achingly painful. But it‘s a kind of pain that promotes growth. #ReadWithMrBook

BarbaraTheBibliophage I need to get going on my pick for this prompt!! 2y
amber_ldsmom @BarbaraTheBibliophage Have you read Me Before You? That one made me cry like a baby! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @amber_ldsmom Yes—it was intense. I‘m going for another backlist choice. 2y
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Geenie 💕 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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Reviewsbylola I love Fitzgerald but haven‘t read that one. As for Les Mis, I bailed on it, but only because of the length. Maybe some day! 2y
MrBook Awesome!!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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EadieB
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Listened to this audio today & I wondered why I didn‘t do this sooner. It is an uplifting myth which was born of the sorrows of 9/11. Parts were hilarious yet very heartbreaking. I found it difficult to once again hear about people jumping from the World Trade Center unable to escape the roaring fire. It was great to hear how many families are moving forward. I found Foer to be wise & compassionate and look forward to reading another book by him.

fictionaddictbooks 9/11 is my birthday. But over the years I've found it difficult to celebrate. I'm not American, and I've never been to America. But thinking of all those who died in the attack on that day just always leads me to have a quiet day on my birthday every year. 2y
EadieB @fictionaddictbooks My Birthday is 9/10 and I was so glad it missed my birthday! So sorry you were not so lucky! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#GratefulReads Day 27: Clearly, my #PreferredFormat is the physical version of the book, hardcover or paperback, doesn‘t really matter - so long as I can feel its heft and weight and pages in the palm of my hands. This is just one of the many bookstores I went to. Here‘s more from my book hunting expeditions in the Bay Area: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kIB

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re too cute!!!! 💗💗💗 3y
Velvetfur Such a cute photo! Love your big happy smile 😁 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚😊 3y
marleed Great pic! 3y
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KarenUK
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#Movember #future Love this book! 💕
As sad as this quote is, I love it. It hits home so much for me. It speaks to me deeply.
With my husband‘s condition, we are so mindful of always feeling like we‘re on borrowed time. So in response, we treasure every day. We feel so lucky to have had the happiest of marriages, we dont sweat the small stuff and we know we are lucky to have the time together that we do. Every day I get to keep him, is a gift.

Cinfhen All my love , Karen 💜💜💜 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re making me tear up over here ... 😢♥️ 3y
KarenUK @Cinfhen 😘his deterioration has been so dramatic this year. It‘s so tough to watch him struggle, and be afraid. I feel so useless.... 3y
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Cinfhen I wish I could be there in person, just to squeeze your hand and offer a hug. I‘ll keep you both in my prayers. I can‘t image what it must be like. 3y
KarenUK @cinfhen thank you sweet friend. That means so much 💕 3y
Crazeedi @KarenUK my heart holds you close, didnt realize your hubby sick. You are so right, every day is a gift and we need to be present in every moment and grateful for each minute with those we love, praying today for strength in the struggle, and hope in the promises 3y
julesG 😘 A virtual hug my friend. 3y
Leftcoastzen That‘s very inspirational.Hugs to you both . 3y
Jas16 Sending so much love ❤️ 3y
ValerieAndBooks Hugs. Something we should all be mindful of but so sorry your circumstances make it more so. Hugs again 💖 3y
BarbaraBB You‘re handling hard times so positive. It‘s an inspiration and I wish you both many many more days to cherish ❤️ 3y
KarenUK I never want to feel like I‘m fishing for sympathy so I try not to mention things too often, because I genuinely do feel lucky to have the loveliest man to share my life with. It‘s just been such a tough year, and I‘m always his cheerleader, and keep my chin up for him, I‘m just feeling a bit blue today. Your kind words are just another way that Littens are the kindest 💕 @valarieandbooks @barbarabb @jas16 @julesg @Leftcoastzen @Crazeedi @Cinfhen 3y
youneverarrived ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
JennyM Sending much love to you and hubby. Keeping you in my thoughts Karen ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
britt_brooke ((hugs)) 3y
MicheleinPhilly Keeping you in my thoughts and holding you both in my heart. ❤️ 3y
gradcat @KarenUK You‘re certainly NOT useless. I‘m sorry to say that I didn‘t know about your husband. I was looking for you only to ask about your TBR (is it up to date?) when I came upon this. I know this is going to sound empty, but if you need any kind of help...like virtual hand-holding or something, please ask. I‘m very sorry for you & your husband. I will be thinking about you, often, I‘m sure. ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
KarenUK @gradcat Thank you so much Minette... 😘💕 3y
KarenUK Oh and my goodreads is my up to date TBR... It‘s the one thing I can‘t get to grips with on Litsy! @gradcat https://www.goodreads.com/karenfoster 3y
gradcat @KarenUK Thanks so much for letting me know. I hope things are better with you. I read where your dad was visiting you—I‘m sure that helps—very nice for you. ♥️♥️♥️ (By the way, I just went to Goodreads...I think you have to accept me as a friend in order for me to view your TBR—Sorry!) (edited) 3y
KarenUK @gradcat I friended you back! 😘 Yep, my Dad arrived, which is lovely! and after an emergency cat scan they have pulled my husband off some medication and he‘s breathing a bit better already. It‘s gonna be tough for a while. He‘s so close to being on double lung transplant list but needs to get the tiniest bit sicker first, which seems mad! 3y
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AmyK1
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Day 6 of #7days7covers #covercrush

@LiljaPleasant would you like to join in?

LiljaPleasant I'm not home atm... ^^ But I'd love to join on sunday ☺ 3y
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TamTracy
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#7covers7days #covercrush
Day 3

@Ruthiella Want to play? Post a cover for 7 days with no explanation and tag someone every day.

Ruthiella I‘m already playing and will tag you on my next post. The background combined with the cover is STUNNING! Well done!😍 3y
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kalinichta
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I've never had a book pull on my heartstrings as frequently as this one. A meditation on love and death and war and all the horrible and wonderful things we humans do to each other. And while it got very heavy at times, requiring me to put it down for a bit to recover, it was a true pleasure to read.

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kalinichta
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This book is just about killing me right now.

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“In bed that night I invented a special drain that would be underneath every pillow in New York. Whenever people cried themselves to sleep, the tears would all go to the same place, and in the morning the weatherman could report if the water level of the Reservoir of Tears had gone up or down, and you could know if New York is in heavy boots.”

#30JuneBooks | 13: #MadeYouCry

📷: Made with Typorama

CafeMom I loved the uniqueness of this book. 3y
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“She had fallen in love so many times that she began to suspect she was not falling in love at all, but doing something much more ordinary.”

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Allison.Elizabeth
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7 pages in and already madly in love. Thanks @bec1 for making me buy this!

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ElizaMarie
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This was great. I was able to be immersed in the audio book then go back and enjoy re-reading some passages in the physical book. I really enjoyed it :)

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ElizaMarie
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So I kinda feel like I‘m doing a disservice to myself by listening to the audiobook. I do read it when I have my lunch break but I am frequently interrupted so it kinda sucks with all that at times :/ anyway I can follow along a little and go back and look at all the cool stuff afterwards though

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ElizaMarie
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Been meaning to try this one. It‘s gonna be my next work read :) I‘m gonna do audio and physical

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Samplergal
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I‘ve never done one of these challenges, and so, have no idea what I‘m doing. But this is one that interests me. #closetome #anglophileapril

Cinfhen You‘re first challenge post is a success 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻well done ✅ (edited) 3y
pilardib I love this book! 3y
Reviewsbylola Thanks for joining in, great choice! 3y
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Leftcoastzen Great choice! 3y
Centique You‘re doing great! Perfect choice. 3y
Mdargusch Nice job! Glad you‘re joining in! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 3y
emilyhaldi Woohoo!!! Love that you‘re joining us 🤗 3y
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cherinium
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What a creative book! While there are certainly parts of this book that are confusing, the overall arc of the story is beautiful. The images that appear throughout the book are an effective method of evoking powerful emotions. Many times, I was left with a lump in my throat after reading powerful, heartbreaking words and turning the page to be sucker punched by an image.

Erofan Yeah, it's really a little scary!😨 3y
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Mccall0113
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This word flow so easily! I feel like I‘m watching a movie. How did y‘all like it?

Mccall0113 These words* Apparently I have not mastered the English language. 3y
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Chrissyreadit
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Takes place in NYC where everything is #everythingismovingsofast , and I am interested in reading this someday. #timbittunes

KatieDid927 I really liked this one. 3y
TheKidUpstairs I've never read any Foer! One of those literary blind spots for me 😁 3y
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JLaurenceCohen
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Foer's story is narrated by Oskar whose father died on 9/11. Oskar travels across NYC trying to find the lock for the key he found in his father's things. It's a beautiful, heart breaking novel of grief and family.

BennettBookworm SO heartbreaking and SO beautiful. 3y
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Kalalalatja
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This felt a bit like a #fairytaleofNewYork - Oscar‘s quest to find out the secret behind his father‘s key had all the fairy tale elements, and with a sweet character like Oscar, I couldn‘t help but love this book ❤️

#WinterWonderland

TrishB I loved this too 💕 4y
KarenUK Me too! 💕this one... 4y
Cinfhen Well played!! Love your photo 4y
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plemmdog
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someone picked this for my book club this month. I never read this when it came out originally. In some ways it‘s what I imagine a novel by Wes Anderson would be like, if he wrote. Did anyone else see shades of Catcher in The Rye?

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In a review in the New Yorker magazine Updike criticises this book partly on the grounds that it is not as good as Safran Foer's first book, Everything is Illuminated. Given that I loved Extremely Loud, now I can't wait to read Illuminated. I am not keen on watching the movie though, despite the fact that I think Max can Sydow (above) probably makes a very good Renter - I'm worried it would ruin the book for me.

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Jilly6183 Everything is Illuminated is incredible. Fair warning, the very beginning is a bit weird and seems out of context and I had trouble getting into it. But a friend promised me that it is not as random as it seems and to stick with it because it's worth it. I followed her advice, and she was absolutely right, so I am sharing that same advice with you! 4y
Moray_Reads I love both. They're both astonishing, in different ways 4y
writerlibrarian Everything is illuminating the book is really good. The movie I loved for different reasons, the music is amazing, the cinematography is lovely. I own it and the soundtrack too. I read the book after seeing the movie. I had the music playing in my head while reading. 🙂 Gogol Bordello's music is so good. (edited) 4y
zsuzsanna_reads @Jilly6183 @Moray_Reads @writerlibrarian Thank you for the advice, it is really helpful. ♥️ Might have to give the film a go too after all. 4y
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BennettBookworm
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I sat down to read this book last night and was pinned to my chair until it was done. So incredibly powerful and moving. Foer is a brilliant storyteller. Keep a box of tissues handy..or two or three...

LiteraryinLawrence We posted at almost the same time! I‘ve owned this book for over a year but haven‘t felt brave enough to try it yet. I will have to! 4y
YouReadMyEyes Fantastic book 💛 4y
cherinium I also have this one sitting on my TBR shelf. One day... 😏 4y
Karkar Loved this one! 4y
JLaurenceCohen One of the all-time best final lines 3y
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