Wow. This is some strange book. I’m sure a lot of you have seen the trailer for the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close film released a few weeks ago – find it here if you haven’t. It stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, so obviously it’s had a huge budget. I hate being one of those people that picks up a book just because it’s been made into a film, so my misplaced sense of pride requires me to point out I got it waaaaay back in October, before my media-ignorant mind eventually clicked on to the fact. I watched the trailer before reading the book though, and I think it led to my expecting an entirely different tone from the book somehow.
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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