Sunday, March 18, 2012
Book Review, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The pain the odd and extremly intelligent child experiences seems very real and his perceptions are often endearing and funny. The second story interwoven throughout this story is that of Oskar's estranged grand parents and the role the fire bombing of Dresden had in shaping their lives. Foer uses unusual techniques throughout the book which includes pictures, pages with single words or lines and more. He often doesn't identify who is talking when he jumps from one story or point of view to the next. Frankly it got pretty confusing at times. I was captivated by Foer's brillance but also annoyed because it fractured the story and sometimes frustrated me. Overall it is a very tender and bitter sweet story. My biggest disappointment is that Foer obviously doesn't seem to believe in an afterlife. To him life is what it is and that cast an overwhelming sadness over the story and the characters who are left to deel with deep grief and little hope in the end.