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Falling Man

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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.

There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.

Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about t
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Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Scribner (first published 2007)
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Edi I'd question what you mean by asking this, what your intentions are towards this novel. DeLillo is one of the world's finest current writers. If there…moreI'd question what you mean by asking this, what your intentions are towards this novel. DeLillo is one of the world's finest current writers. If there is 'islamophobia' in it, or homophobia, or transphobia, those would be views expressed by the characters in the novel. Isn't that the point of novels? To present differing perspectives, experiences, prejudices, narratives? Given this is a 9/11 novel, you might expect some of the protagonists to present 'islamophobic' views (by which I take it you mean criticism of Islam). Given so many people did. In answer to your question, there is none. But find out for yourself: You take yourself into a novel, your expectations, your experiences, your '-phobias', your prejudices. That's the point. (less)
Jens Long-winded, obscure and over-written. De Lillo goes places few writers ever reach but finally you wonder why he bothers. Maybe there's a message…moreLong-winded, obscure and over-written. De Lillo goes places few writers ever reach but finally you wonder why he bothers. Maybe there's a message there, but if so that message is unwantedly depressing.(less)

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Peter
Don DeLillo's novel Falling Man has more unspecified pronouns than I care to read.

It's written in that postmodern style that calls for rapidly changing vignettes; the reader bounces from one scene to another to another in just four pages, and as if to drive us mad, DeLillo hardly ever tells us who is speaking or acting. The sections begin with sentences like: "He missed the kid" or "She missed those nights with friends when you talk about everything." We're left in the dark, and the characters,
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Rebecca McNutt
The story of a dysfunctional family brought together by death and loss, Falling Man is emotional and gripping, and ultimately very inspirational.
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010 edition)
Shelves: 1001-non-core
You pick up a book. You read the blurbs. Those in front, at the back and perhaps those in the first few pages. Then you form an impression. Maybe this book is good. Maybe this is about this and about that. Then you pay for the book and start reading at home.

We all know about The Falling Man. On September 11, 2001, a man was photograph falling, or some people say flying, from the north tower. He appeared to have, in his last instants of life, embraced his fate. He departed from this earth like an
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Ilenia Zodiaco
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, alieni
C'è qualcosa di opaco ne "L'uomo che cade". Il lettore è investito da un senso di disorientamento, di ottundimento, come dopo un grande trauma. La ferita dell'America, post 11 Settembre, è esposta. Meno in rilievo risultano molti dei tratti distintivi dell'autore: i dialoghi cerebrali, la riflessione sui media. Più respiro alla sofferta intimità dei personaggi. Credo che sia il più triste, il più dolente dei romanzi di DeLillo (tra quelli letti). Forse non è nemmeno un romanzo, sono dei framment ...more
Franco  Santos
"These were the days after and now the years, a thousand heaving dreams, the trapped man, the fixed limbs, the dream of paralysis, the gasping man, the dream of asphyxiation, the dream of helplessness.”
El 11 de septiembre del 2001 es una fecha que no solo tiene su marca en la Historia, sino que viene acompañada de imágenes de aviones que se estrellan, cenizas, lágrimas, gritos desesperados, personas cayendo y dos torres solitarias, al borde de una fantasía empírea que no pudo continuar. Las Torr
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Bart
Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who find value in postmodern writing
Being clever, that's how DeLillo does it.

Falling Man, a sparse work that is better than The Body Artist and much much better than Cosmopolis, does about as much as it can hope to do. Don DeLillo's powers simply aren't up to the task of making a new statement about a national tragedy like 9/11. He is an assembler of words and sentences and paragraphs and - at times - chapters, but he is not a thinker. What, then, has made him considered such an important voice in American letters?

Being clever, th
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Ben
Jul 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing with DeLillo is the what. The conversations. The sentence fragments. The writing style.

Of any list of candidates to write about the horrors of 9/11, DeLillo must have shown up. Underworld of course has the famous photo of the towers by Andre Kertesz. (Falling Man has another photo on its cover by Katie Day Weisberger. It is taken from the sky, where one sees a cyclopean vista of clouds but for the two towers peeking out, dwarfed. It's as breathtaking and emotive as the first, but with
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tim
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, DeLillo seemed the perfect candidate to write a novel about 9/11. In White Noise there was the idea of terrorists flying a hijacked passenger jet into the White House. In Underworld, the construction of the twin towers lumed large in the background for a good part of the book. The cover photo itself focuses on the twin towers rising into clouds (smoke?), with a bird (a plane?) flying close by. It may be a stretch to read a connection with 9/11 into Underworld's cover (not to mentio ...more
Josh
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
”These are the days after.  Everything is now measured by after.”

As I write this, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 -- one of the most tragic and revered days in American History -- I reflect back on Delillo’s “Falling Man” and what I got from this fictional text based on a time and place that is still fresh in many minds and hearts as if it happened, in a figurative sense, yesterday.

Outside of the death of loved ones and grief-stricken friends and family, “Falling Man” tells of a time after the t
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sologdin
This is as severe as it gets, insofar as it opens with “figures in windows a thousand feet up, dropping into free space” (4), jumping to avoid death, ruled nevertheless homicide, from the burning WTC.

Confirmed that trauma is transformative to the extent that narrator “began to see things, somehow, differently” after the “second fall” (5). As with the narrator, so with the setting: “Everything was gray, it was limp and failed, storefronts behind corrugated steel shutters, a city somewhere else, u
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Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He currently lives outside of New York City.

Among the most influential American writers of the past decades, DeLillo has received, among author awards, a National Book Award (White Noise, 1985), a PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II, 1991), and an American
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