Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 2010

Holly picked her book in remembrance of 9/11. We read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and gave it 3 1/2 stars. We lunched at the downtown Paradise Bakery at 615 E 400 S.

Holly says: After finishing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I stand by my initial impression. What the ..!? [You need to read the book to get this inside joke.] It’s interesting that the author wrote about 9/11 from the point of view of a child. An anxious, troubled, disturbed child named Oskar, bringing an unusual perspective to such a destructive event. Safran Foer is one of the more controversial novelists of the past decade, not for the content of his writing, but rather for its unconventional style and the extremely polarized responses this style has elicited from readers. For that reason alone, I recommend reading it. I agree with Alison, the style resembles, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time— I like The Curious Incident... much better!

Karen says: It was good to read this book over the September 11th weekend, it helped me remember, and made me mourn again for not only those involved, but also for my children who have only known a post-9/11 world.