When you’re assigned the task to write a book review on a piece of modern literature, feel lucky because you have a great variety of opportunities! As an example of book review, we’re here to provide you with a personal review on Jonathan Safran Foer’s work “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close”that can be called one of the most interestingly written books of the recent times.
A mash-up of magazine pages, pictures and letters in combination with traditional prose, it tells you a touching story through a nine-year old boy’s eyes. From the first page to the very last one Oskar Schell faces everyday struggle on his way to recovering from his father’s death in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The novel follows the boy as Oskar finds a key inside an envelope from his dad’s closet one year after his death, then makes an impressive journey to find the lock.
One of the most striking things you notice is that Oskar is unlike any kid you’ve ever met in your life. Apart from being extremely curious, Schell is incredibly smart, sensitive and creative. He never gets tired of inventing things, from ordinary stuff like limos huge enough to crawl through to reach your destination to heartbreaking, like skyscrapers built on the basis of moving parts to rearrange in case of emergency.
Oskar’s thoughts throughout the text are broken by the letters written from the boy’s grandparents to their grandson. Bombings in Germany are surrounded by loss and pain, where both learn to appreciate the simplest things of life. The letters are full of philosophical questions and long contemplations.
The distinct styles of writing each of the narrators has are combined with the photos taken by the brave boy. The pictures of hands and birds, doorknobs and paper sheets with the marks of pens, pages with numbers, blank pages and letters with pen pointing out the errors and finally, a couple of photos of an unknown person falling right from the sky-scraper windows but in a reverse. In tandem, they create a captivating narrative unlike any other prose.
The creative way of telling the main story, in my opinion, adds to the impression. Because the storyline changes that often, you never get bored in the process of reading. Thought-provoking phrases and heart-rending photos always keep the reader intrigued. One thing you keep in mind every single page is that what you deal with is not so much a book as a little boy’s personal diary where he reveals his heart.
At times sad and thoughtful, at others full of hope and funny, Jonathan Safran Foer accurately reveals all the storms that swirl in a boy’s soul. This is pretty uncommon in the world of belles-lettres, which may be the reason why the book is that successful.
It is a pleasure to get into the mind of an unusual nine-year old, especially when it comes down to the fascinating inner world of Oscar Schell!