Welcome back, friends. This week I’m recommending another book to you all. It’s beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. It’s witty and clever. It’s everything you never knew you’ve always wanted.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer
Rating: 5/5 would recommend/cross seas for/praise forever/etc.
Summary: This heartwrenching novel chronicles the adventures of a young boy named Oskar, whose father is killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, New York. While snooping around in his late father’s closet one day, Oskar breaks open a vase and finds a key inside with the word “Brown” written on the back. Enlisting the help of his neighbor and several other willing strangers he meets along the way, Oskar sets out to find the lock to his father’s key.
Seven year old Oskar is not a normal seven year old. He’s an obsessive-compulsive, intelligent, letter-writing seven year old. Although he has very many talents, Oskar always carries the burden of his “heavy boots.” His father’s death gives him heavy boots. Getting sidetracked on his search for the key’s respective lock gives him heavy boots. Lots of things give little Oskar heavy boots, and this term remains one of my favorite descriptors of sadness. We’ve all got heavy boots sometimes.
However, Oskar works through his sadness, lifting his heavy boots and soldiering on, like we all have to do.
This story is funny, adventurous, and heart-breakingly sad all at the same time. Safran-Foer has really connected with the human condition in this novel, as he narrates Oskar’s struggle to accept his father’s death and his mother’s moving on.
This one is on my must-read list for anyone who asks for suggestions. There’s so much to learn from it! Good perspective. We could all learn a thing or two from seven year old Oskar.
Thanks for reading this week, guys!
Catch you nerdos next week!