Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is very much different than any other book I have ever read. The story is told around Oskar Schell, a nine year old boy who's recently lost his father to the tragedy of 9/11. With his father gone, Oskar is left alone and hopeless. The story takes you on a young boy's sometimes unbelievable adventure in search of answers to life's who's how's, and why's. While the trip may seem like one he's endured all alone, he eventually realizes that unbeknownst to him those that love him dearly have been with him all along.
The story is told from 3 different perspectives and this adds to the complexity but it serves for a better understanding of the characters thought process in the novel.
The book can be a complex read initially but once you get a hold of the style of writing, along with the helpful accompanying images, it flows well and quickly.
The author Jonathan Safran Foer's style is intriguing, and unlike any other writing I have ever read. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a powerful and exceptionally written novel about finding oneself. A definite must read and a book you won't soon forget.