Synopsis[ edit ] Oskar Schell is a nine-year-old boy whose father, Thomas Schell, died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, Does anyone really ever use those adverbs anymore?
The reader learns towards the end of the book that "the renter" is actually Oskar's grandfather, who abandoned his grandmother while she was pregnant with Thomas, though Oskar doesn't realise the connection. The topic of the child narrator is a contentious one.
Shortly after returning home, Oskar reconciles with his mother and vows to become better and allow for her to find happiness again, and she tells him how Oskar's father lied to her in his last call, telling her that he was coming home, to assure her not to worry over his death.
Less enamoured reviewers have called it "tiresome", "kitsch", "mush", "tacky", irritating, "offensive", "crass" and "colossally misguided".
Extremely Loud dares appropriate pre-existing sentiment provoked by a great public tragedy that many hold to be sacred.
William had sold the vase to Oskar's father who never knew the key was in the vase. Only through his journey through the city and through his grandparents' letters does he mimic the journey one must take when coping with trauma.
He often contemplates deeper topics and shows great empathy beyond what the average 9-year-old might have.
This is manipulation all right.