Thursday, April 02, 2009

March Book Club Book

so I'm a few days late, what's new?

Extremely loud and incredibly close
/ Jonathan Safran Foer

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, Beatles memorabilia, state quarters, miniature cacti and coral. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. ~from the blurb

Did you like/dislike the book?
I really could not get into this book at all. I persevered for a while and ended up dipping in and out. I found both stories; that of Oskar's search across New York and of his grandparents, disjointed and confusing. For me a novel is all about the story, the narrative and it was hard to follow here. I also found the pictures, that others have commented on, off-putting because they disrupted the narrative. I find it difficult to read graphic novels or comics so obviously this is a personal quirk.
The book this reminded me of was 'The curious incident of the dog in the night time' by Mark Haddon. Oskar seemed to display some behaviour on the autistic scale and his 'voice' was similar to that of Christopher's.

Our next book is '
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto' by Michael Pollan. I hope I enjoy this more.


Penny said...

I'm fairly confident most people will like the next one... he is very easy to read.

Mel said...

Intersting to see yet another person didn't cope with it! Me too. Makes me feel a lot better!

yodaobi said...

I liked it BUT then again I am fragmented and all over the place

scrapgeek said...

LOL - it reminded me of the "Dog in the Nighttime" too! I liked that book much better though. I enjoyed this in the end but felt that the author was trying a bit too hard to be clever.