I'm not quite sure how to review this book, except to say I loved it to pieces. Foer's novel is very post-modern, so it is hard to give it a traditional review. This is a book about making sense of the world around you, coping with loss and learning how to live.
It was one of the the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn't think about my life at all.As I mentioned, it's hard to offer a traditional review of this novel, so I am going to offer a list of thoughts:
- Oskar Schell, the novel's protagonist, is one of the most interesting, hilarious and lovable characters I have read since Nichole Krauss' Leo Gursky (The History of Love).
- This book has more passages that I underlined and circled than any book I've read to date. Foer's prose is beautiful and truthful, and speaks to the reader in a way that makes the ideas very relatable.
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is my favorite piece of fiction I have read so far this year.
- This is one of those books that reminded me why I love books so much.
Some of my favorite passages:
"I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it."
"sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living."
"I thought, it's a shame that we have to live, but it's a tragedy that we get to live only one life, because if I'd had two lives, I would have spent one of them with her."
"It made me start to wonder if there were other people so lonely and so close. I thought about "Eleanor Rigby." It's true, where do they all come from? And where do they all belong?"
"Sometimes I imagined stitching all of our little touches together. How many hundreds of thousands of fingers brushing against each other does it take to make love?"
"I regret that is takes a life to learn how to live"All in all, I truly can't recommend this book enough.
Publisher: Mariner Books, 2005