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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Caitlin Swoboda

on 28 April 2015

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Transcript of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Born in 1977
Graduated from Princeton in 1999
What all does the book offer
Worthy of adding to reading list?
Breif Synopsis
Narrated by a nine-year old boy, Oskar Schell, his grandfather, and grandmother
Lost his father, Thomas Schell, due to the terrorist attacks of 9/11
Suffers from his "heavy boots" or depression
Spends the novel in search for the meaning of a key he finds in his fathers closet
Tells the stories of Oskar's grandfather, also named Thomas, and his grandmother
Grandfather loved his grandmothers sister, Anna who was killed in the bombings of Dresden
Grandfather does not talk, communicates through a notebook
Caitlin Swoboda
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
By: Jonathan Safran Foer
About Jonathan Safran Foer
Troubling Issues:
grief- inabilty to move on after experiencing death
communication-unable to talk about feelings and keeps it all inside
Modern American writer, uses modern liteary devices in his writing
Teaches a creative writing at New York University
Literary Devices
Visual writing/imagry: has multiple story lines and includes photographs within the story. More of a "show, don't tell".
Themes: grief and consuqeunces of death
Universal Ideas
Includes the inevitable dealings with death and grief
This book is rather different compared to what we have read. Overall, I believe this book would make a good addition to the class.

Gives a new universal idea for humans on grief
Appealing and appropirate because of Foer's writing style
Not like other texts we have read in the class
Fills the gap for Modern, American literature in the class
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