“Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.”
Jonathan Safran Foer’s book is much more emotionally charged, complex and intelligent than the Hollywood adapted version. Multiple mysterious and quirky narrators in various forms, draw the story onward in a Bildungsroman quest for self-discovery of not just Oskar, but the characters that he meets along the way. It is an exploration of the human condition, our greatest fears, our greatest loves. I expected an ultra-American take on the the catastrophe of 9-11, but what I got was a very human insight into war, loss and healing. A heart-felt story, but be warned that it is not fast-moving of plot-driven. Great use of complex and intriguing characters.