Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Chapter 9 Summary and Analysis: Happiness, Happiness

Jonathan Safran Foer

Chapter 9 Summary and Analysis: Happiness, Happiness

Chapter 9 opens with an interview about the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. A survivor describes seeing children run through the streets with their skin melting like wax. She chronicles the heartrending search for her daughter and the chaos and confusion that followed the bombing. After the interview, readers learn that this interview was a tape recording that Oskar shared with his class. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to learn something from a fellow student, Oskar's classmates see his presentation simply as confirmation that he is "weird." Matters are made worse when another student asks Oskar who Buckminster is and he replies "Buckminster is my pussy," meaning his cat. Oskar does not understand...

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