the book heart: no. 8 (extremely loud & incredibly close)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My boots were so heavy that I was glad there was a column underneath us. How could such a lonely person have been living so close to me my whole life? If I had known, I would have gone up to keep him company. Or I would have made some jewelry for him. Or told him hilarious jokes. Or given him a private tambourine concert.

You guys, I know I’m so far behind on this one. And lets be honest, I picked up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer because I know I’m ‘supposed’ to read it. (Best Seller, misc. Awards, movie adaption, etc.) For whatever reason, all of those things usually put me off a book. My finding it feels less organic. (Which is probably why I have yet to read the Goldfinch.) But, I’m glad I indulged in this one.

For one, it’s funny. I love that Oskar’s (the main character.) term for being sad is ‘heavy boots’ It sums up the emotion in such a perfect and straightforward way. It’s weird. It wraps up multiple stories into one. Which is a style of novel that I didn’t really like until recently. (Really, until I read the wonderful History of Love.)

In fact, I couldn’t get the thought that Extremely Loud reminded me so much of The History of Love (The Book Heart No. 5) out of my head. The stories weren’t the same, but they had so many similar elements and feelings. And then, lo and behold, I discovered that the authors are married! So interesting.

I realize we’re getting farther away from the book now. Please go read it. Or maybe you’re actually up on the times, and you already have, and can rejoice in the comments section!

Leave some recommendations down there too! I’m reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett right now. And am about to go pick up The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit from the library. 

(The book heart is a place books go when they move you. It’s a place for you to keep all of those books, all of those plots and stories and all of those little moments. This is a series chronicling the books that have become a part of me. I hope you'll enjoy, and that maybe these books can become a part of you as well.) 


  1. What??!!! Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer are married?! I'm reading Great House at the moment, but will definitely need to add Incredibly to my list! I'm really enjoying your Book Heart series!

    1. I was shocked too! Or just surprised. Either way. Let me know what you think about Great House! I didn't like it as much as The History of Love, but THOL was a hard one to beat in my opinion.


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