I admit it I really struggled to get into Extremely Loud & Incredible Close. I put the NOOK down 100 times and had no desire to pick it back up. If it was not for the fact that I was blogging about this book and that I had preached how you should not give up on a book, I would have given up.
It took me a long time to start to really like this book. For one thing it is written in the first person and the young boy who is narrating the book does so in a very confusing manor. It is like everything that he is thinking he writes down. You are left wondering why are you telling me this? I don't understand why it is important. But at the end of the book everything makes sense. The author does an amazing job explaining how everything falls into place. I would have missed the deeply moving ending if I had given up on the book.
The book is about a journey that the young boy, Oskar, takes to find a lock to go along with a key he find in his fathers closet after the father dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Along the way he discovers so many different things and you learn so much about not only Oskar's life but the life of his Grandmother, Grandfather, and Mom and Dad.
This book is a really hard to read as a person who lived through 9/11. I worried about my husband who was in the city that day and had friends who worked in the buildings and thankfully made it out alive. It is one of the first books I have read that centered on the topic and it is at times extremely emotional. On more then one occasion I shed a tear.
It is also at the heart of it a love story. And as a person who has loved deeply and had their heart broken it brought back a lot of emotions that I thought I had gotten over. That is the mark of a good book, in my opinion, it makes you remember your past, relate to what the characters are going through and be thinking about it even you have finished it.
And I will be thinking about this book for a while now that I am done. So thank you everyone for making me finish it. I am happy I did.
Monday, February 20, 2012
I am about 50 pages into it and really struggling. I just am not loving the style of writing, which is first person and somewhat scattered. The characters have not gripped me yet and I am not wanting to spend my time reading it. But and this is a big BUT I am willing to keep trying. As much as I may be struggling with it, I am going to continue reading it in hopes of it getting better. I suggest to every one of you who are struggling with a book to do the same. Who knows it may end up being one of your favorite books ever.
I am hoping this is so. I promise to let you know.
Monday, February 13, 2012
I am so happy I got out voted! It was such a magical book. I was sucked in from page one and did not want to put the book down ( well technically the NOOK down).
This was the first time I ever read an ebook. I know the librarian who is all into technology should have had a ereader a long time ago but I just could not do it. I like the feel of a book. I like reading in the bathtub. But I felt that since I was now lending them out in the school library I should really get on to better understand the devise.
I have to say that even though it took a little getting use to I enjoyed it. Now back to the book...
It is about two magicians, Celia and Marco who are forced into a competition by their fathers when they are rather young. The competition plays out in this Night Circus which mysteriously travel around the world and is only open at night. It is a game of one up-manship with each other trying to out do the other. The vivid descriptions and amazing details by author Erin Morgenstern make you feel like you are center stage at the circus.
There is love, mystery, magic, fantasy in this novel. I loved every flick of the finger and hated when it was over because I felt like the next book I read just would not compare to this one.
Below is the book trailer and a link to the authors website. Please note that I plan on getting a copy of this book for the library soon but do not have one yet.