Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

A Novel

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547416212

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 5698

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

View: 3772

“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

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

Author: Michelle Klein

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668271615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 29

View: 9382

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.

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

Author: Alexandre Desplat

Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780739088678

Category: Music

Page: 6

View: 4857

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.

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

View: 431

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.

Everything is Illuminated

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780547447261

Category: Fiction

Page: 647

View: 8522

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.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Study Guide)

BookCaps Study Guide

Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 161042977X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 7878

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

View: 6618

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.

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

View: 369

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.

Here I Am

A Novel

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374712506

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 7613

Instant New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2016 A Time Magazine Top 10 Novel of 2016 A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2016 “Dazzling . . . A profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s “Fresh Air” In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others’? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in eleven years—a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer’s stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of our most important writers.

J.S. Foer’s "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" - Sensation Mongering Or an Aid to Coping Strategies?

Author: Thomas Thieke

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640657969


Page: 76

View: 2580

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. Seminar paper aus dem Jahr 2010 im Fachbereich Englisch - Literatur, Werke, Note: 1,2, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald (Anglistik), Veranstaltung: The US Justice System, Sprache: Englisch.

J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: A Magical Yearbook

Author: Scholastic

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407182129

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 6931

Imagine if you could travel through the eras of J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World! What would you pack if you were going to 1920s New York? What kind of beasts would you imagine finding in Newt's case? What do you think it would be like to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, or to fight Lord Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts? Packed with fun activities and pictures from 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' and all eight Harry Potter films, including an eight-page fold-out Wand and Spells Guide and full-page posters.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)

ISBN: 9780241957608

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

View: 5879

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.

The History of Love: A Novel

Author: Nicole Krauss

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393328627

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

View: 9110

Sixty years after a book's publication, its author remembers his lost love and missing son, while a teenage girl, named for one of the book's characters, seeks her namesake, as well as a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. By the author of Man Walks Into a Room. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.

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


Page: 20

View: 4594

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"

The Year of the Runaways

A novel

Author: Sunjeev Sahota

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101946113

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 1377

Short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize The Guardian: The Best Novels of 2015 The Independent: Literary Fiction of the Year 2015 From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota—a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and for the utter immersiveness of its reading experience. Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them. In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar’s secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband’s clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit. She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all. The Year of the Runaways unfolds over the course of one shattering year in which the destinies of these four characters become irreversibly entwined, a year in which they are forced to rely on one another in ways they never could have foreseen, and in which their hopes of breaking free of the past are decimated by the punishing realities of immigrant life. A novel of extraordinary ambition and authority, about what it means and what it costs to make a new life—about the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the resurrection of tenderness and humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering. From the Hardcover edition.

The Last Samurai

Author: Helen DeWitt

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811225518

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 2208

Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise? Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.

New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality

Author: Ruth Page

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135254605

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

View: 9354

The contributors in this collection question what kinds of relationships hold between narrative studies and the recently established field of multimodality, evaluate how we might develop an analytical vocabulary which recognizes that stories do not consist of words alone, and demonstrate the ways in which multimodality brings into fresh focus the embodied nature of narrative production and processing. Engaging with a spectrum of multimodal storytelling, from ‘low tech’ examples encompassing face-to-face stories, comic books, printed literature, through to opera, film adaptation and television documentary, stretching beyond to narratives that employ new media such as hypertext, performance art, and interactive museum guides, this volume examines the interplay of semiotic codes (visual, oral, aural, haptic, physiological) within each case under scrutiny, thereby exposing both points of commonality and difference in the range of multimodal narrative experiences.