Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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From the critically acclaimed author of Here I Am, Everything is Illuminated and We are the Weather - a heartrending and unforgettable novel set in the aftermath of the 9/11

'Utterly engaging, hugely involving, tragic, funny and intensely moving... A heartbreaker' Spectator

'The most incredible fictional nine-year-old ever created... a funny, heart-rending portrayal of a child coping with disaster. It will have you biting back the tears' Glamour

'Pulsates with dazzling ideas' Times Literary Supplement

'It's a miracle... So impeccably imagined, so courageously executed, so everlastingly moving' Baltimore Sun

'Jonathan Safran Foer is a writer of considerable brilliance' Observer

In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key...

The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open?

So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141012692
  • 9780141012698
  • 67,951

Review quote

"[A] dazzling literary high-wire act . . . brilliant . . . The payoff is extraordinary: a fearless, acrobatic, ultimately haunting effort to combine inspired mischief with a grasp of the unthinkable."
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About Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Eating Animals and Here I Am. He has also edited a new modern edition of the sacred Jewish Haggadah. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. He edited the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, and his stories have been published in the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Jonathan Safran Foer teaches Creative Writing at New York University.
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Rating details

403,840 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 37% (150,770)
4 34% (138,835)
3 19% (77,194)
2 6% (25,696)
1 3% (11,345)

Our customer reviews

I absolutely adored this book. Oskar is the most wonderful character ever! If I ever have kids, I hope they'll have at least a bit of Oskar in them. Also, I found the process of healing very realistic and believable. It is a heartbreaking book and it's beautifully written.show more
by Ioana Bucur
I was moved by this book. I hate to end it and I kept putting it aside so that I will spend more time reading it. Oskar is a gem. I look forward to seeing the film and I hope it will be as good as the film.show more
by Abd Hamid Hassan-Jacob
It's an enchanting and heartbreaking book. I loved Oskar and his quest(s).show more
by Lore
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