|Plot Summary of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close|
|"Oskar Schell is a self-proclaimed "Inventor, Jewelry Designer, Jewelry Fabricator, Amateur Entomologist, Francophile, Vegan, Origamist, Pacifist, Percussionist" and more, at a mere 9 years old.
Oskar is obsessed with solving the mysteries left behind by his father, who has died in the 9/11 attacks. He finds a mysterious key labeled "Black" in his father's closet, and becomes determined to find the lock that it opens. He travels all over the city, trying hundreds of locks and meeting dozens of Blacks, becoming desperate to find what he thinks might be the last message from his beloved father. He meets beatiful women, old men, babies and couples, and yet his search leads him no closer to the answer, but instead turns up more mysteries and secrets about his family and their past.
Kristina MaIsaac, Resident Scholar
|"This book switches back and forth between a boy named Oskar, who lost him father in the World Trade Center attacks and is trying to find some meaning, and a young back during WWI named Thomas.
Oskar finds a key that belonged to his father in an envelope with the name Black written on it. So, he sets out on a journey throughout New York City to find out where the key came from and what it means to his father.
Thomas in a young boy in a Eastern European country during WWI. he falls in love with this you girl, but she is killed during an attack. He moves to America and there he loses his ability to speak, and meets his love's sister. They get married, but are both unhappy. He leaves her when she is pregnant. The rest of his story bounces back and forth between before and after the attack."
Kara Thomas, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
- actions leading to death of someone
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
Battle with a psychiatrist
- a kid
- emotionally unstable
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- Very much smarter than other characters
- healthy but a geeky weakling
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- New York
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- No single main character?
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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