Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Amazing book. Funny, sad, imaginative, fresh. It's about the journey of a really special kid as he looks for a lock in NYC that fits a key that used to belong to his father. I've recommended it to quite a few people and they have all loved it. Don't let the 911 theme put you off.
this is going to be very concise: one of the best books i have ever read. and i've read a lot. do yourself a favour and pick this up, read it slowly and savour every word. it is sumptious, lovely, heartbreaking and funny - in the way that only a life lead can be.
One of the best few books that I've probably read in my lifetime - the most hillarious paragraph I've read came out from this book : My first jujitsu class was three and a half months ago. Self-defense was something that I was extremely curious about, for obvious reasons, and Mom thought it would be good for me to have a physical activity besides tambourining, so my first jujitsu class was three and a half months ago. There were fourteen kids in the class, and we all had on neat white robes. We practiced bowing, and then we were all sitting down Native American style, and then Sensei Mark asked me to go over to him. “Kick my privates,” he told me. That made me feel self-conscious. “Excusez-moi?” I told him. He spread his legs and told me, “I want you to kick my privates as hard as you can.” He put his hands at his sides, and took a breath in, and closed his eyes, and that’s how I knew that actually he meant business. “Jose,” I told him, and inside I was thinking, What the? He told me, “Go on, guy. Destroy my privates.” “Destroy your privates?” With his eyes still closed he cracked up a lot and said, “You couldn’t destroy my privates if you tried. That’s what’s going on here. This is a demonstration of the well-trained body’s ability to absorb a direct blow. Now destroy my privates.” I told him, “I’m a pacifist,” and since most people my age don’t know what that means, I turned around and told the others, “I don’t think it’s right to destroy people’s privates. Ever.” Sensei Mark said, “Can I ask you something?” I turned back around and told him, “ ‘Can I ask you something?’ is asking me something.” He said, “Do you have dreams of becoming a jujitsu master?” “No,” I told him, even though I don’t have dreams of running the family jewelry business anymore. He said, “Do you want to know how a jujitsu student becomes a jujitsu master?” “I want to know everything,” I told him, but that isn’t true anymore either. He told me, “A jujitsu student becomes a jujitsu master by destroying his master’s privates.” I told him, “That’s fascinating.” My last jujitsu class was three and a half months ago. Excerpted from http://www.jonathansafranfoer.com/ Need I say more?
One of my favorite books. For a few days, I pretty much did not come out of my room because I was enjoying it so much. Jonathan Safran Foer is an incredibly talented writer, and this book is hilarious, sad, surprising, quirky, and so interesting you won't want to put it down. Foer's depiction of nine-year-old Oskar Schell makes him an unforgettable character; somewhat strange, but genius. I could not recommend this book any more, it is the first genuinely amazing piece of literature I have read in years.