Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Mariner Books

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.



I never confused what I had with what I was.

Page 174

We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it.

Page 81

What did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think. I`ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.

Page 17

Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are.

Page 99

I`m so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything.

Page 216

Shyness is when you turn your head away from something you want. Shame is when you turn your head away from something you do not want.

Page 179

Just because you`re an atheist, that doesn`t mean you wouldn`t love for things to have reasons for why they are.

Page 137

So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!

Page 153

Songs are as sad as the listener.

Page 108

She had fallen in love so many times that she began to suspect she was not falling in love at all, but doing something much more ordinary.

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