Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
nine years old
he wears only white clothes
his father died in 9/11 and Oskar had a really good relationship with him
he is smart and interested in almost everything
sometimes he bruises himself
inventor, jewelry designer
Oskar keeps his phone in the closet and with his phone he listens at night to his father's messages.
He finds it really odd that his mom didn't ask him where he was going, when he went away from house.
Oskar communicate with his grandma with notes on the window and a walkytalky.
He doesn't want to lie and every time he lies, he counts his lies.
A few of Oskar's greatest ideas
A reservoir under pillows to collect tears (he doesn't want people to be in pain, if the level had gone up he knew more people were in pain.)
Long ambulances that connect every building to a hospital.
His favorite book is astrophysicist Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time
You can see Oskar as a reliable narrotor, because for example, he hates to tell a lie and when he lies he tells it. He counts all of his lies, so we know every lie of him.
Oskar loved it when his dad shrugged his shoulders.
No body in grave Thomas Shell
William was looking for the key and Oskar was looking for the lock. Then Oskar's gets his answer, the key belongs to a storage box from William's father.
Black -> William Black
Thomas Schell (Oskar's father)
died in 9/11
Games of his dad: social interaction (with Oskar).
Oskar thought that he was smarter than the New York times, because he Always corrected the mistakes in it.
Oskar talks a lot about that and about "his boots become lighter". Oskar has "heavy boots" because of his father's death.
The key gave him lighter boots, because he felt more connected to his dad and made him feel a little bit better.
Writing letters to famous people is one of his raisons d'être.
To find out which lock belongs to the key, so he become closer to his father
Googol (10^100) = the number of locks that possibly match the key.
lost her son, the father of Oskar
She has a very good relationship with her grandson, Oskar
she lives across the street (Oskar)
grandpa had left her because he didn't really loved her
Her eyes are bad.
In the novel were a few pages totally white,
on these pages the story of grandmother should have stood, but because she has bad eyes she did not realize that there was no ink.
His biggest love was Anna, the sister of grandma
Anna was gone, so grandpa started a relationship with grandma but left her when she was pregnant of Oskar's father, because he didn't really loved her
traumatised by the war
lost his speech
communicates with sentences in the book
the first word he lost was 'Anna'; his first and probably one real love.
Grandpa en grandma both lost so many people and felt so alone that grandma taught they kind of belong together.Grandma asked grandpa to marry her.
Is with Ron after her husband died. (Oskar is mad at his mother for laughing with Ron (he thinks she's not missing dad) and makes her promise not to fall in love with him.
She has been paying very close attention to him all the while. She sees the bruises; she gets him into therapy; she talks with his Grandma about him; she monitors his journey.
''Why am I not where you are''
In the brief he is talking about his marriage, about their rules, including their decision to designate some places in the apartment "Nothing Places."
Thomas Schell Sr. is talking to his unborn son (the father of Oskar)
Writes about Anna (his only true love)
The Worst Day
beads of the bracelet are his fathers final words in mors code
This secret kept him away from being happy.
''I could not tell her what happened to the phone. That secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.''
The day that Oskar lost his father.
He is very lonely and that's the reason why Oskar brings him with him on his search for 'Black'.
His hearing aid was off, but Oskar turned it on for him. ( as he does, a flock of birds flies by the window extremely fast and incredibly close.)
He hasn't left the house in twenty-four years.
He hammered a nail into the bed every morning since his wife died.
born on January 1, 1900
Grandma writes to Oskar.
Writes about her life with grandpa, rules in marriage etc.
Grandpa brought magazines so she could learn English expressions.
Sister= Anna (Granpa's biggest and only love)
Words he uses a lot: extremely and incredibly (the title of the book is
I'm OK (Oskar always says 'I'm OK to grandma, because he hit from her one's and grandma panicked. (he liked it when she called his name.))
''I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.''(grandma)
tries to live
doesn't know how to live
. Wich path is Oskar going to take?
The last chapter: 'Beautiful and True'
At the end of the novel you see pictures of a man jumping / falling out of the building, but you see it backwards. This is because Oskar wanted that his dad did everthing backwards that day, so it never happened and his dad would still live.
Mom met Ron in a grieve support group.
He digs up Dad's coffin with the renter (grandpa) and Gerald the limo driver. Oskar opens the coffin and the renter fills it with his letters.