Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali


Wednesday, March 23, 2005  

As the charming, imaginative improbabilities piled up in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," I began to think of another small and voluble survivor named Oskar: the narrator of G√ľnter Grass' "The Tin Drum." His freakish story went far beyond Foer's in distorting reality, or overriding it altogether, and yet "The Tin Drum" confronted harsh, unresolvable facts in a way that felt not merely honest but inescapable. Foer's story wraps up all too tidily - with a sigh, of course, but also with a forgiving hug that's made for the movie cameras.

-- Stuart Klawans reviews Jonathan Safran Foer's new novel in the New York Newsday.

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