The main character, Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old boy whose father died in 9/11, describes feeling low or sad as having “heavy boots.” He writes of the time after 9/11: “A few weeks after the worst day, I started writing lots of letters. I don’t know why, but it was one of the only things that made my boots lighter.” (pg. 11)
Oskar’s dad, Thomas, was skilled at finding mistakes in the New York Times; Oskar had a habit of imagining inventions that would make reality better. Linking the two characteristics together, Oskar remembers his dad in this way:
“I loved having a dad who was smarter than the New York Times, and I loved how my cheek could feel the hairs on his chest through his T-shirt, and how he always smelled like shaving, even at the end of the day. Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.” (pg. 12)
I particularly like that sentence “Being with him made my brain quiet.” Are there people, creatures, activities, or things in your life that help make your “brain quiet”?
Other quotes I like: “I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” (pg. 17)
“…it was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn’t think about my life at all.” (pg. 18)
What were some of your favorite quotes from the book? Bring them to the Book Discussion on Wednesday morning, October 17, from 10:30 – 11:30 to share, if you would like.
Quotes taken from:
Foer, Jonathan Safron. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005