Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran: Book Report

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Bookreport 2012-2013

NAME: Nena RoesFORM: DATE: 27/01/2013

Title:Extremely loud and incredibly close________________________________ Author:Jonathan Safran Foer_____________________________________________________________ Publisher:Penguin Books________________________________________________________ ISBN: 978-0618711659/ Date of publication: 2005_____________________ Points:3______________________________ (as according to the Literature List)

A. TITLE-EXPLANATION: write a short but founded explanation on the title of the book The title of the book revers to several things. First of all the words ‘extremely’ and ‘incredibly’ are used very often by the main character. Second of all there are various things in the book that are loud and close. The central event in de book is the attack on the Twin Towers. This attack has to have been experienced as extremely loud and incredibly close by the spectators and the people in the building. The war was loud and close to the grandma and grandfather of Oskar, the main character. Another thing in the book that can refer to extremely loud and incredibly close is the loss of a loved one. Oskar has lost his father, just like his mother lost her husband. This loss is extremely loud, it takes the overhand all the time. It’s also incredibly close, because they lost a person who was so deep in their heart. There is one passage where the words ‘extremely loud and incredibly close’ are actually used together in a sentence. This is when en bunch of birds flies past the window.

B. AUTHOR INFORMATION: give the necessary biographical information of the author and add a supplementing website (i.e. the author’s website) Jonathan Safran Foer was born in the splendid year of 1977, in Washington D.C. He was educated at Georgetown Day School, a private high school. Around this time, he wanted to be a brain surgeon, and one could argue that his fiction does indeed mess up your mind. He claims to have been the tallest person in his neighbourhood, yet he is apparently now of average height. Although brought up in all the trappings, he was never much moved by Jewish tradition, despite being drawn to the works of Jewish authors such as David Grossman, Phillip Roth and Bellow. When Jonathan was a child, he would visit his grandmother’s house, where he was would be hauled into the air for a hug upon arriving and leaving. Only later did he realise that his grandmother had been weighing rather than hugging him, an unconscious reflex action left over from the Holocaust. While at a summer camp aged 8, he was one of several victims of an explosion from a botched attempt to make sparklers. This caused some trauma for him that has affected his later writing. He went to Princeton as a philosophy major, where he looks to have won all the Writing Thesis Prizes. One of his teachers, and his mentor, was the novelist Joyce Carol Oates. He won the Zoetrope All Fiction Story Prize in 2000. Jonathan called on his professors for assistance as he sought entries from established writers for “Convergence of Birds” (2001), his homage to the dioramas of Joseph Cornell. It was in 1999 that he made his legendary trip to the Ukraine, on a mission to find the woman who saved his grandfather’s life during the Second World War. He did not find her, but he did discover a plague relating the destruction of the shetl of Trachimbrod, and the tale of a drowning in the Brod River. And so his first novel, “Everything is Illuminated”(2002), was born. It was a difficult birth, as 6 agents rejected it, and none of the publishers in New York were interested when it was first submitted. Although the novel’s main character was called “Jonathan Safran Foer”, his journey to the Ukraine only formed the foundations of the novel. It tells of Brod and Trachimbrod, the mad squire Sofiowka, the Kolker, the Wisps of Ardisht, Greenwich Shtetl, and many famous nightclubs. “The Very Rigid Search”,an extract from the...
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