Title: EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 326 pages. Published in 2005. The author's second novel. The sequel-of-sorts to his breakthrough debut, "Everything Is Illuminated", it is now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The book's DJ has glowing blurbs by Cynthia Ozick and Salman Rushdie, and received a rave review from the late John Updike in The New Yorker Magazine. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close". An alternately elegiac and hopeful attempt to come to terms with 9/11 and its aftermath. Foer rightly trusts his senses to convey both the surface reality and the deeper truth about what we call "life". As their titles suggest, Foer's first novel is about the illuminating power of sight while its sequel is about the deafening one of sound. Sight and sound fuse in the book's ending, the harrowing fifteen-page photographic sequence (of a very loud event), which shows a man's lethal jump from one of the Twin Towers. Presented by Foer in reverse order, it begins with the last few images (the man leaping to his death and completely disappearing from the camera's view) and ends with the first (the image of the Tower just before the man leaps). It is as if Jonathan Safran Foer were "rewinding" the camera, imagining and wishing that the event never happened in the first place, "magical thinking", the way children think (the novel's protagonist is nine-year-old Oskar Schell). "Foer gambles on the power of his protagonist's voice to transform the cataclysm from raw current event to a tragedy at once visceral and mythical, willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love, and beauty" (Publishers Weekly). The basis of the fine film by Stephen Daldry (whose screenplay, particularly dialogue, is unusually faithful to the novel), with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Thomas Horn. An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Safran Foer collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of The Guardian First Book Award for "Everything Is Illuminated" in 2002. Jonathan Safran Foer was selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0618329706. Bookseller Inventory # 18407
Synopsis: Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination.
Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin.
About the Author: JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards and have been translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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