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
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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, ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Peccato che il risultato sia molto inferiore alle attese: De Lillo, che ha saputo trarre un' epopea da una palla da baseball, qui sembra come soverchiato dall'immanità dell'evento, nonostante gli fornisca in abbondanza il "materiale" prediletto (detriti ...more
a. sparse dialogues, words and phrases used instead of complete sentences. Instead, for example, of one character (Keith) telling his estrange wife (Lianne) that she did something stupid quarreling with a neighbor with the latter's vicious dog beside her, he would just utter: "T ...more
Ah, the 9/11 novel. It hovers like a dark shadow over the literary landscape, beckoning its greatest writers to grapple with that tragic day and its lingering aftermath, to attempt to make some type of meaning, answer the unanswerable. The list is sparkling: John Updike (Terrorist, 2006), Jay McInerney (The Good Life, 2006), Ian McEwan (Saturday, 2005), Claire Messud (The Emperor’s Children, 2006), Jonathan Safron Foer (Extremely Loud an ...more
Ummmm! Well, actual rating: 2.5 :)
Difficult to rate! But in my opinion, the novel was not that interesting!
I enjoyed the first chapter, the opening chapter, but then things got really slow and somehow tedious! Sometimes I felt really excited, but, unfortunately, I felt bored most of the time!
There is one major idea discussed throughout the novel, which is the idea of God. It's a very good idea, and I think it was handled properly and deeply. It was the most interesting thing in the novel!
Review of “Falling Man” by Don DeLillo, published May 20, 2007
On 9/11, more than 200 people reportedly jumped to their deaths from the World Trade Center buildings, and this after facing an unfathomable choice: Remain in the building and die from the fire; or jump out the window and die from the fall.
On 9/12, newspapers worldwide carried an Associated Press photograph of a man in a white shirt and black pants, falling head ...more
Come già esistono una sociologia ed un'economia del dopo 11 settembre, così da qualche tempo è nata una narrativa analogamente datata.
Delillo affronta l'evento di petto e ci proietta subito nel cuore dei fatti, poi un poco alla volta se ne allontana preferendo seguire, come gli è congeniale, il riverbero dell'accadimento traumatico nella psiche e nel comportamento dei personaggi, attraverso lo smarrimento che pervade ogni cos ...more
Sono solo alcuni dei termini che DeLillo usa per descrivere la paura, l'orrore, l'attentato terroristico che ha sconvolto l'America e il mondo. DeLillo analizza tutto ciò adottando un punto di vista narrativo diverso: da un lato racconta le paure, le angosce dei sopravvissuti, come Keith che è riuscito a sfuggire al crollo e che tenta di reagire perdendosi al tavolo da poker, oppu ...more
The opening scene of Keith, clutching someone else’s brief ...more
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 ...more