Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Chapter 11 Summary and Analysis: The Sixth Borough

Jonathan Safran Foer

Chapter 11 Summary and Analysis: The Sixth Borough

The chapter opens with Oskar's father, Thomas, telling him the previously referenced story about a Sixth Borough in New York. Oskar continually interrupts, frustrating his father. Nevertheless, Oskar's father continues the tale.

The Sixth Borough was separated from Manhattan by a thin body of water, the exact width of which was the same as the world's record for the longest jump. Each year, the two neighboring boroughs held a celebration and the symbolic jump was made; "for the few moments that the jumper was in the air, every New Yorker felt capable of flight."

One year, the jumper's toe skipped the surface of the water, horrifying onlookers. While they try to make excuses for...

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