Thursday, May 24, 2012

Extremely Obnoxious and Incredibly Cloying

Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this because my brother (an English major) got it for me for my birthday.  He said he and my sister (also an English major, now pursuing a Ph.D. in, you guessed it, English) adored it.  I was not an English major.  I did not like this book much.

Oh, it's got a decent story, and I did want to see what happened at the end, but man, is it pretentious.  I don't even know how it manages to do this...I mean, some people think it's inappropriate to write about September 11th.  I don't think that's a problem at all.  People can write whatever they want to.  It's just the main characters (the 9-year old kid and his grandparents) are just so unlikeable.  It drove me crazy.  The writing style is more avant-garde than your typical novelist's, and maybe that's part of the problem.  It just crams "I'm better than you" down your throat.  I may be the only person in the world who feels that way, but for what it's worth, that's my take.  I will certainly be passing on the movie.

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