Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer

Main Characters

Oskar Schell is the main character, he is a nine year old inventor who has a tragic event happen to him; he lost his father in 9-11. After this event he strives to become more intellectual and smarter.
Oskar's Grandfather, Thomas Schell Sr. although he does not physically meet Oskar until the book's end, he is still an important part. After his wife dies he becomes traumatized and he loses his voice completely and consequently tattoos the words "yes" and "no" on his hands. He writes phrases down he likes to have.
Oskar's Mother, Linda. She is caring for her family and her husband died she said she'd never love again.
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His mother sets up a sort of scavenger hunt for Oskar. This hunt helps him grow independently as a person and also helps him discover things about his father that he never knew. His mother has him traveling around the city on his own to put all of the pieces together. Oskar meets a lot of people of his journey to discover who he is.
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Short passage

"What about a teakettle? What is the spout opened and closes when the stream came out, so it would become a mouth, and it could whistle pretty melodies or do Shakespeare, or just crack up with me?" (Foer1)
Although this is the first page, I chose this passage because it show how oscar's mind really works. He is always using "if" to find more intellectual meanings to things, and to let his imagination run wild.


This book would be good for people who aren't easily confused and can keep up. This book is kind of jumbled around so it's sometimes hard to understand it. It's one of those books though that if you start it, you have to finish it because it's intriguing.

My thoughts

I enjoyed this book very much so, despite 300 some words it was very interesting and leaving me with always wanting to read on. I'm not a huge reader, and i don't tend to pick up books for pleasure but this one I thoroughly enjoyed.

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer (born February 21, 1977) is a writer. He went to Princeton university as a writer and as his career went on his published Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), and is mostly known for those two books. Foer currently teaches creative writing at New York University.

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