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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Favorite: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

This is my 111th post. I figured, for such a momentus occasion, I should blog about one of my favorite books: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. (Also, the girl next to me on the red line today was reading it so my strong feelings have resurfaced and I feel compelled to make all my friends read it.)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer is amazing. I would try to explain the book, but I'd probably start crying in the process, or end up writing a novel about the novel. I suggest looking it up, or just buying the book, because you really won't regret it.

The book has a lot of pages that aren't straight text. Including pictures, photographs, single lines on a page. I think all of these elements make it a book that really pulls the reader in and engages them in Oskar's experience.

Also, the first day I bought this, we were on vacation in Arizona visiting some family. I was in the pool, reading (I'm not sure why I thought this was a good idea) and someone splashed water all over the book. So between the water-scarred pages and the fact that I let everyone who borrows it underline/highlight whatever they want, as I've done myself, the book has been through quite a bit. Which is one reason I love it so much.

To see a video about the novel, and Foer's journey writing it, CLICK HERE.


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