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1. call number: AD - FICTION FOE
Extremely loud & incredibly close / Jonathan Safran Foer.
Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977 -
due: 24/11/2011, 23:59.
Needless to say, I rushed straight onto the e-library catalogue and pulled up my account to renew my checkouts.
Renewal failed. Item has holds.
Oh the horror! With only three days to finish the book, mountains of homework, two exams, two shifts, no time, no time, no time.
It's amazing - they always say it's so - you can always find time if you care enough to. Last night, amongst math textbooks, formulas, and exercise books, I made time to finish the book. I'm not sure when I finally turned off the light and went to bed, but I know that I was satisfied with my efforts, and more than satisfied with the book itself.
Many Colours of Happiness! You deserve a huge pat on the back for recommending me Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. And a hug. And a box of chocolates. And a bouquet of sharpened pencils.
This book 'got' me more powerfully than any book I remember reading. It is so beautifully written, and profound with its ingenius, ingenous quality. He does this incredibly wonderful thing where he plants a little idea, a seemingly meaningless idea, at the start. It delights you then. This sweet, challenging idea, but it fades to the back of your mind because it is nothing but a thought. But he doesn't allow it to end there. He brings it back and reminds you of it, and ties it up so that every phrase, every idea, every thought turns out to have a purpose. It blew me away. It knocked my socks off. It's like in those colouring in books where you draw a line to connect the mother animal with its offspring: dog with a puppy, goose with a gosling, bear with a cub. A small idea, connected to a grand one to make an incredible point. Nothing has astounded me so much.
Thankyou for this extremely loud and incredibly close experience. I walk away changed.