Sue and Huntin' Widow, I do know what you are saying about Extremely Loud. I really loved the part where Oskar is on his search about the key and connecting to his dad. I hated the really long parts about the grandparents and found myself just skimming through most of that. I think they could have conveyed their devastating losses from Dresden and made the connection to the present day tragedy without going on that long and very strange story about them.
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