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 Extremely Loud And Incredily Close Book

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005), written by Jonathon Safran Foer, tells the story of a nine-year old boy named Oskar whose father died tragically in the 9/11 attacks. After looking through his father’s possessions, Oskar finds a key inside an envelope labelled ‘Black’ and vows to search New York City until he finds the lock which fits this key. The novel is constructed around three different narrators (Oskar, and his two grandparents), and underpinning all of their narratives is the trauma over the death of Thomas Schell: the father of Oskar, and the son of Oskar’s grandparents. Here Foer has cleverly used three small domestic tales of trauma as a microcosm for 9/11 as a whole.

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With the Guardian recently publishing their ‘10 best first lines in fiction’, I thought I would raid my book collection to compile my own alternative list.

1) George Orwell – 1984

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”1984 the book by George Orwell

Orwell’s dystopian novel, which gave birth to the notion of Big Brother, begins with this wonderful line. Immediately we are aware this is no ordinary world, a world where time has miraculously changed. If time has changed, we are left wondering what else has been altered.

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