Lux Humana – Book of the Week 04 / 2011 : Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Foer, Jonathan Safran : Extremely loud & incredibly close ; (2005)

Publisher’s description:

“Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination.
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. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone’s heartbeat? 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. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father’s grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother’s apartment. They are there to dig up his father’s empty coffin.”

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Mixed Messages

 John Updike

The New Yorker ; March 14, 2005.

A Boy’s Epic Quest, Borough by Borough

Michiko Kakutani

The New York Times ; March 22, 2005.

Extremely Cloying and Incredibly False: Why the Author of Everything Is Illuminated is a Fraud and a Hack

Harry Siegel

New York Press ; April 20, 2005

A Tower of Babble

Michel Faber

The Guardian ; 4 June, 2005

Terror Comes to Tiny Town : Jonathan Safran Foer channels the horror of 9/11 through the eyes of a child

Laura Miller

New York Magazine ; May 21, 2005

Mysterious key sends boy sifting through his life’s wreckage after 9/11

Tom Barbash

San Francisco Chronicle ; April 3, 2005

Everything Is Included

Walter Kirn

The New York Times ; April 3, 2005

A nine-year-old and 9/11

Tim Adams

The Observer ; 29 May, 2005

Philomela revisited: Traumatic iconicity in Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Philippe Codde

Studies in American Fiction ; Autumn 2007, s. 241-254|A175021845&docType=GALE&role=LitRC

Trauma, Ethics and Myth-Oriented Literary Tradition in Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Francisco Collado Rodríguez

Journal of English Studies ; vol. 5-6, (2005-2008), s. 47-62

Melancholy and Mourning in Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Sien Uytterschout and Kristiaan Versluys

Orbis Litterarum ; vol. 63, no. 3, June 2008, s. 216-236

“Stuff That Happened to Me”: Visual Memory in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Elisabeth Siegel

Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies ; vol. 10, 2009

An Extremely Loud Tin Drum : A Comparative Study of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum

Sien Uytterschout

Comparative Literature Studies ; vol. 47, no. 2, 2010, s. 185- 199

A Bag of Tired Tricks

B. R. Myers

The Atlantic Monthly ; May 2005, vol. 295, no. 4, s. 115-120

About a Boy

Vivian Gornick

Nation ; 4/25/2005, Vol. 280 Issue 16, s. 29-32

The horrors of history: a novel of post-9/11 trauma is let down by its obsessive whimsy

Benjamin Markovits

New Statesman (1996) ; (June 6, 2005): s. 50|A135240553&docType=GALE&role=LitRC

Boroughs and neighbors: traumatic solidarity in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Matthew Mullins

Papers on Language & Literature ; 45.3 (Summer 2009): s. 298|A207062478&docType=GALE&role=LitRC


Stefan Beck

New Criterion. 23.10 (June 2005): s. 92-95|A133682126&docType=GALE&role=LitRC

Two Cheers

Tom LeClair

American Book Review ; Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 26 Issue 5, s. 19

Ethics in the second degree : trauma and dual narratives in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated

Francisco Collado-Rodriguez

Journal of Modern Literature ; 32.1 (Fall 2008): s. 54-68|A192054148&docType=GALE&role=LitRC

Living to tell the tale : Interview of Jonathan Safran Foer

by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Mother Jones Magazine ; May/June 2005

Jonathan Safran Foer in Wikipedia:



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