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Falling Man

A Novel
DeLillo, Don (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Falling Man


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There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years. Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his es-tranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes. These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history. Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking.
Authors: DeLillo, Don
Title: Falling man
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2007
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Characteristics: 246 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Don DeLillo
ISBN: 9781416546023
1416546022
Branch Call Number: FICTION DELILLO
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Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Can authors makes sense of 9/11? Should they even try? I suppose if you're an acclaimed NYC writer (Pynchon, Safron Foer), it's kind of your duty. If anyone's earned the right to tackle such a difficult, divisive topic, it's DeLillo, who over the past 3 decades has mapped the paranoia, dread and secret history of the republic. As much as I admire him, the books tend to run together and I can really only remember them by subject: the Oswald one ("Libra"), the airborne toxic even one ("White Noise"), the Dylan one ("Great Jones Street") and the BIG one ("Underworld"). "Falling Man," like "Cosmopolis" and "Point Omega" is short and compact, but doesn't leave much of an impact. It's a noble effort, but it's too cold and distant to really make sense of the Event.

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  • macierules rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

definitely some moments of brilliance; crazy use of pronouns and rapidly changing scenes made it not an enjoyable read.

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