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Foer, Jonathan Safran. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 326 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. The sequel-of-sorts to his breakthrough debut, "Everything Is Illuminated", it is now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The book's DJ has glowing blurbs by Cynthia Ozick and Salman Rushdie, and received a rave review from the late John Updike in The New Yorker Magazine. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jonathan Safran Foer's alternately elegiac and hopeful attempt to come to terms with 9/11 and its aftermath. Foer rightly trusts his senses to convey both the surface reality and the deeper truth about what we call "life". As their titles suggest, Foer's first novel is about the illuminating power of sight while its sequel is about the deafening one of sound. Sight and sound fuse in the book's ending, the harrowing fifteen-page photographic sequence (of a very loud event), which shows a man's lethal jump from one of the Twin Towers. Presented by Foer in reverse order, it begins with the last few images (the man leaping to his death and completely disappearing from the camera's view) and ends with the first (the image of the Tower just before the man leaps). It is as if Jonathan Safran Foer were "rewinding" the camera, imagining and wishing that the event never happened in the first place, "magical thinking", the way children think (the novel's protagonist is nine-year-old Oskar Schell). "Foer gambles on the power of his protagonist's voice to transform the cataclysm from raw current event to a tragedy at once visceral and mythical, willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love, and beauty" (Publishers Weekly). The basis of the fine film by Stephen Daldry (whose screenplay, particularly dialogue, is unusually faithful to the novel), with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Thomas Horn. A "must-have" title for Jonathan Safran Foer collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of The Guardian First Book Award for "Everything Is Illuminated" in 2002. Jonathan Safran Foer was selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0618329706. $50.00

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