Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I mentioned buying my first e-book a couple of weeks ago and failed to mention which book I read. It was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Here’s the Publisher’s synopsis:

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. 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.

I’d say this was a quick & easy-going read. However, it’s not one I’d recommend to just anyone, mainly because it’s written from Oskar’s point of view and I gather he either has asperger’s syndrome or autism which could be hard to ‘keep up’ with his train(s) of thought. I found his story endearing, adventuresome and an interesting take on actually seeing the people in the world around you.

Have you read it? What’s your take?


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