Review of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Thomas Schell (sr.) tattooed Yes and No on his hands after he lost his words.
Thomas Schell (sr.) tattooed Yes and No on his hands after he lost his words.

If you, like me, saw the movie adaptation of ” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” you are under the impression that a son who lost his father in 9/11 is the whole story. Reading the book, I realized that’s only half of it — literally.

On its surface, the book is about Oskar Schell and his attempt to cope with losing his father in 9/11. His father had always played games with him and made him investigate everything. So when Oskar finds an envelope with the name “Black” written on it and a key inside, he thinks it’s his father’s last great mystery. Continue reading “Review of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer”

Quotes from “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Wi-fi is out at my apartment so your post comes to you via my local library
Wi-fi is out at my apartment so your post comes to you via a campus library

I actually finished a book, you guys!

Granted, it’s not “1Q84” like I had originally planned — my library loan expired, but I’m back on the waiting list — but I’ve wanted to read “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” for a while now. I hate watching the movie and not knowing how it compares to the book.

Anyways, here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.

I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

Everything that’s born has to die, which means our lives are like skyscrapers. The smoke rises at different speeds, but they’re all on fire, and we’re all trapped.

My full review will be posted tomorrow

-K

Review of “The Illicit Happiness of Other People” by Manu Joseph

Illicit featured imageThe Illicit Happiness of Other People” by Manu Joseph

OK, first a little bit of plot summary:

The Chacko family is one with a tragic past. Unni Chacko, a very talented cartoonist, is only 17 years old when he falls from the family’s third floor balcony. Reality has it that he didn’t just fall — he jumped.

Flash forward three years to Ousep Chacko, a washed up, old journalist who staggers home every night and yells drunken slurs for the whole block to hear. Depending on your psychological outlook, he may seem like a father who doesn’t care or a father who cares deeply. Nevertheless, when he receives a long-lost comic that Unni had mailed to an unknown recipient the day “he did what he did,” Ousep starts questioning everyone in Unni’s mysterious life in an attempt to answer the riddle of his son’s death.

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Quotes from “The Illicit Happiness of Other People”

I just finished reading “The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Novel” by Manu Joseph and I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from the book before I post my review either later today (#latenightpostings) or tomorrow.

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But then the fate of shy people is that all their fears usually come true.

Ambition is the capacity for unhappiness.

“In this world, it is very hard to escape happiness.” – Unni Chacko

I’m very glad I chose this book to read first – stay tuned for my review.

-K