Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A Novel

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547416212

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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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.

Everything Is Illuminated

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547523781

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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“Imagine a novel as verbally cunning as A Clockwork Orange, as harrowing as The Painted Bird, as exuberant and twee as Candide, and you have Everything Is Illuminated . . . Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened — seared in the fire of something new.” — Washington Post With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past. As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather’s village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. As his search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power. “A rambunctious tour de force of inventive and intelligent storytelling . . . Foer can place his reader’s hand on the heart of human experience, the transcendent beauty of human connections. Read, you can feel the life beating.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

A Case Study Of Oskar Schell In J. S. Foer's Novel "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close"

Author: Natalia Gresty

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668283508

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 36

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2016 in the subject English - Literature, Works, University of Presov (British and American Studies), language: English, abstract: This bachelor thesis analyses Oskar Schell, the fictional character from Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". The chosen technique is called „a case study“ since it examines the case of Oskar Schell with an emphasis on his mental state. The thesis is divided into two main parts; theoretical and practical. The theory briefly deals with the author and his literary purpose, explains the plot, the basic theories of three mental disorders – posttraumatic stress disorder, autism and clinical depression. The practical part demonstrates symptoms of these illnesses in Oskar's passages and in the end provides a possible diagnosis.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Main Theme): Piano Solo, Sheet

Author: Alexandre Desplat

Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780739088678

Category: Music

Page: 6

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Alexandre Desplat's main theme to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is composed around a simple, memorable melody that works beautifully as a solo piano piece. This licensed, collectible sheet music edition allows pianists to apply their own talent to this melancholy masterpiece by one of Hollywood's most acclaimed composers.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Study Guide)

BookCaps Study Guide

Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 161042977X

Category: Literary Criticism

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The perfect companion to Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

A Study Guide for Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410345513

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 24

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A Study Guide for Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Trauma in Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Author: Michelle Klein

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668271615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 29

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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Koblenz-Landau (Anglistik), course: 20th Century Novels, language: English, abstract: Trauma seems to me being an essential topic to discuss in school as everybody sooner or later has to deal with loss or already dealt with it in the past. As every student can identify with this potential challenge, it is important for them to get to know different ways of dealing with trauma. Foer’s story even reveals that coping with trauma is able to bring people from different races and ages together. Even if people’s trauma is caused by different events there will be a connection between these people. Moreover, it would be possible to teach this topic interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary in ethics or religious education classes. As everyone could be affected by trauma I determined this topic for my planned lesson. The reason for choosing the subtopics namely ‘inventing’ and ‘heavy boots’ referring to Oskar; Grandfather Schell’s ‘aphasia’ and ‘the doorknobs’ and finally, ‘supressing’ and ‘the feeling of being needed’ with regard to Grandmother Schell reveal concreteness for the main topic. I decided to teach the topic by group work to facilitate the exchange of experiences without the danger to be exposed in front of the class. I thought this is the best way, as the students can talk about how they perceived the character and his or her ability to deal with the trauma they have gone through. The team work is followed by a presentation and discussion of this work to ensure all students have reached the same level of knowledge. Moreover, it is important have the ability to emphasise with this character and change their perspectives or contribute their own experiences with loss to explain the others why somebody could show such behaviour. I will analyse the topic by a characterisation following by a psychoanalytic approach. For one it is important to get to know why people are behaving differently after experiencing loss and second, it is illuminating for the students to become aware that trauma can be responsible for the person concerned being left with an altered personality. The lesson I have planned relates to both, characterisation and psychoanalytic approaches. After the lesson the students should have general knowledge about trauma and its effects. Furthermore, it should be clear that trauma can only be overcome by going through two phases, which build up upon each other.

Wearing Heavy Boots –Trauma in Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Author: Nathalie Gerlach

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640983068

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 34

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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Potsdam (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Extremely Irritated and Incredibly Diverse- US-Amerikanische Mainstreamliteratur nach 2000, language: English, abstract: I didn’t understand why I needed help, because it seemed to me that you should wear heavy boots when your dad dies, and if you aren’t wearing heavy boots, then you need help. (Foer 200, emphasis original) On an early Tuesday morning in September 2001 two as human bombs converted airplanes hit the World Trade Center, killed about 2870 people and left nearly 10.000 children with only one or even no parent at all (Anzieu-Premmereur 281). This drastic disaster ended America as it was known before 9/11 and overwhelmed its inhabitants with tragedy, terror and fear, leaving behind an overpowering numbness that will express itself through flags flying at half-mast, millions of shattered individuals, repetitive pictures of horror in the media and attempts to handle the unbearable through literature. In Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (for shortening reasons from now on referred to as EL&IC) the nine-year-old protagonist Oskar Schell suffers from the loss of his dear father Thomas Schell Jr. who died on 11 September in the restaurant Windows of the World located in the north tower of the World Trade Center. This paper will show how Foer’s three main characters in EL&IC are portrayed as survivors of trauma, what experiences and guilt they suffer from and how they deal with these on the level of language, action and image. Referring to trauma theory this text will prove that each of the three characters has a different way of coping with the traumatic experiences they faced (in the case of the grandparents even two experiences are taken into consideration) and to what extend a resolution of trauma is achieved by them. The unconventional style of narration and design of EL&IC, its inclusion of blankness and blackness and its constant use of pictures through Thomas Sr.’s daybooks as well as Oskar’s Stuff that Happened to Me, create a collage-like character of the novel that resembles the structure of trauma which will also be discussed in this paper.

A Convergence of Birds

Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141915730

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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Jonathan Safran Foer has long had a passion for the work of the twentieth-century American assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. Inspired by Cornell’s avian-themed boxes, and suspecting that they would be similarly inspiring to others, Foer began to write letters. The responses he received from luminaries of American writing were nothing short of astounding. Twenty writers generously contributed pieces of prose and poetry that are as eclectic as they are imaginative, and the result is a unique collaborative project and one of the most significant engagements of literature with art for many years.

Zu "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" von Jonathan Safran Foer. Der Umgang mit einer literarischen Ganzschrift in der Oberstufe

Author: Eva Forster

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640543599

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Englisch - Padagogik, Didaktik, Sprachwissenschaft, Note: 1,0, Universitat Stuttgart (Institut fur Literaturwissenschaft, Abteilung Amerikanistik), Veranstaltung: Fachdidaktik: Teaching literature in the language classroom, 19 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Im Verlauf des Seminars wurden etliche Techniken vorgestellt, fremdsprachlichen Literaturunterricht zu gestalten. Betrachtet man die seit dem Schuljahr 2004/2005 verbindlichen Bildungsstandards, welche unter dem Anspruch stehen, die Lernkultur an Gymnasien zu verbessern, so wird deutlich, dass literarische Texte aus dem Bildungsplan der allgemein bildenden Gymnasien nicht wegzudenken sind. Seit Einfuhrung der Bildungsstandards wird Bildung nicht mehr als abrufbares Wissen verstanden, sondern ganzheitlich betrachtet; die Schule soll Kinder zur Selbststandigkeit erziehen und bei der Entwicklung ihrer Personlichkeit weiterhelfen. Fur den Unterricht bedeutet dies naturlich auch, dass die Methoden, die bislang Anwendung fanden, uberdacht werden mussen, denn es stellt sich die Frage, ob die herkommlichen analytischen Verfahren Anspruchen wie Starkung der Personlichkeit, musisch-asthetische Erziehung und die Einubung von Urteilsfahigkeit und Verantwortung" (Ministerium fur Kultus, Jugend und Sport Baden-Wurttemberg 2003:4) facherubergreifend genugen konnen. Dem Fach Englisch fallt dabei sicher eine Schlusselfunktion zu, da es erstens wie das Fach Deutsch gerade auch im Bereich der Kommunikation [..] und des Schreibens auf vielfaltig Weise Anstoss zum Erlernen von Kreativitat [gibt]" (Muhle-Bohlen 2000:39) und zweitens durch das Vermitteln einer fremden Sprache und Kultur eine interkulturelle Kompetenz aufbaut, die Identitatsbildung und Personlichkeitsfindung unterstutzt sowie durch den Perspektivenwechsel Toleranz fordert. Diesen Zielen dient auch die Begegnung mit literarischen Ausdrucksformen und Texten in der fremden Sprache. Im Folgend"

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)

ISBN: 9780241957608

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is Jonathan Safran Foer's heartrending New York novelIn a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key . . .The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open?So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?Moving, literary and innovative, perfect for fans of Lorrie Moore and Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was made into a major film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, released in 2012.Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of Everything is Illuminated, which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book award, and Eating Animals, and the editor of A Convergence of Birds.

J.S. Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Sensation mongering or an aid to coping strategies?

Author: Thomas Thieke

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640657578

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 33

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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,2, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (Anglistik), course: The US Justice System, language: English, abstract: The enormous adverse psychological side effects resulting from the 9/11 at-tacks are represented by 13% of lower Manhattan residents even seven years afterwards. Foer has a walk-over attracting a large readership because he utilizes this topic. His rea-dership could have been even bigger if they would have known about the practical im-plementation of coping strategies creatively hidden in the subtext. It is the main goal of this text to reveal major PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) symptoms in the main characters in a partly scientific/literary analysis and thus give an idea how the 40% of New York City’s affected school children might have felt in the aftermath of September 11. Relevant coping strategies that ensure a general health-related quality of life can be experienced in a beautiful story about a boy that exceeds his emotional boundaries with the help of his closer and farther related social environment.

Here I Am

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 024196637X

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

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The New York Times bestselling new novel about modern family lives from the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's greatest novel yet. 'Towering and glorious: a tale of social, familial and marital breakdown and the End of the World. The funniest literary novel I have ever read' The Times Jacob and Julia Bloch are about to be tested . . . By Jacob's grandfather, who won't go quietly into a retirement home. By the family reunion, that everyone is dreading. By their son's heroic attempts to get expelled. And by the sexting affair that will rock their marriage. A typical modern American family, the Blochs cling together even as they are torn apart. Which is when catastrophe decides to strike . . . Confronting the enduring question of what it means to be human with inventiveness, playfulness and compassion, Here I Am is a great American family novel for our times, an unmissable read for fans of Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon, a masterpiece about how we live now. 'A rich, beautifully written, ambitious and grandly moving novel, which looks both at the world at large and at the deepest concerns of individual lives' Evening Standard 'Lays bare the interior of a marriage with such intelligence and deep feeling and pitiless clarity, it's impossible to read it and not re-examine your own family' Time 'Astonishing. So sad and so funny and so wry' Scotland on Sunday

Lucky Child

A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

Author: Loung Ung

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062013514

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling to overcome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war. In alternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved older sister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have been hers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds.

Everything is Illuminated

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780547447261

Category: Fiction

Page: 647

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Brings together, for the first time, the story of a young Jewish American's journey into an unexpected past and an examination of the 9/11 tragedy through the eyes of a precocious boy.

Just Call My Name

Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.

ISBN: 1848124139

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 320

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Trust is the hardest thing to find . . . and the easiest to lose. Emily Bell has it all. She's in love with a boy named Sam Border, and his little brother has become part of her family. This summer is destined to be the best time of their lives - until a charismatic new girl in town sets her sights on Sam. Now Emily finds herself questioning the loyalty of the person she trusts the most. But the biggest threat to her happiness is someone she never saw coming. Sam's psychopathic father is planning a jailbreak. And he knows exactly where to find Emily and his sons when he escapes. The happily-ever-after of Holly Goldberg Sloan's acclaimed debut I'LL BE THERE is turned on its head in this riveting, emotional drama about friends, enemies and how those roles can shift in a matter of moments.

The Travelling Hornplayer

Author: Barbara Trapido

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408822768

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Lydia is killed in a car accident, but she returns to her bereft sister as a benign ghost who, nonetheless, comes to haunt the lives of those around her in unexpected ways: Jonathan Goldman, whose flat Lydia is running from when she is knocked down; his daughter Stella, who has discovered that her father has been having an affair with the gladiatorial Sonia; Stella's genius painter-boy lover Izzy, whom she leaves behind as she flees to the arms of kindly Peregrine. Along with good stepmothers, bad mothers, strange professors and wicked monks, their lives collide in a breathtaking finale.