Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was just going to review this with a stream of exclamation points, same number as that of the steps in the Empire State Building stairwell, but that is the sort of thing the author does so much better than I do. I found this book to be devastating, manipulative, mysterious and immediately and consistently charming. You want Oskar to see through his quest more than he does; you want to be in there pushing people out of his way. The quirky writing style and flauting of narrative conventions might turn off a few readers, but whatever; those kinds of readers like to get turned off. If you, on the other hand, like to get turned on by the magic of existence and putting purpose to one's every emotion and finding out that there is a secret network of love holding the world together that will catch you when you fall, you should read this.
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