Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close follows a young boy named Oskar Schell who embarks on a quest to uncover the meaning behind a key left by his father, who died in the September 11 attacks. As Oskar explores New York City, he encounters a variety of unique individuals who help him unravel the mysteries of his family and find closure.

Jonathan Safran Foer
Project: Orpheusunaccepted death / fleeting nature of happiness
Year of publication: 2005
Pages: 326





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: high

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close presents a moderately complex plot with interwoven story lines, exploring themes of grief, loss, and human connection. The language used is more advanced, incorporating rich vocabulary and varied sentence structures. The ideas explored are thought-provoking, requiring readers to engage with abstract concepts and delve into deeper themes. Overall, it offers a rewarding reading experience for those with an upper-intermediate level of language proficiency.



Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.


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