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Falling Man by Don DeLillo
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Nov 28, 2009

really liked it

I'm not sure why Netherland received so much more hype than this book, which affected me to a much greater degree - but that's probably because I want a 9/11 novel to take me back to that day. I don't know why; there's no justifiable reason for wanting to re-experience, even vaguely, the feelings of that day and the ones that followed. And yet, by exploring them and recreating them so vividly in this book, DeLillo provided me with a strange, uncertain, extremely open-ended closure, if that makes any sense at all. The main characters, Keith and Lianne, are much more confused and shocked and changed by the events than anyone this distant from the city on that day could be. You follow them as they attempt to reconcile what the whole thing means, or if it means anything at all.

DeLillo also includes brief narratives from the point of view of one of the hijackers. It's a pretty bold device, and he pulls it off; the sections don't come off as forced attempts to understand The Terrorist Mind, but simply observations.

This is a book to take your time with. It's slender, esp. for DeLillo, but it has a density in the spareness, in the way that Endgame is a lot shorter than Hamlet, yet feels like a comparable weight. The dialogue is lovely, the characters balanced, and the enormity of the day is painted with very careful brushstrokes. It's like a structure built of steel that looks delicate, but is extremely strong.
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message 1: by Sam (new)

Sam Nice book report. Beautifully written. When is your novel coming out?


message 2: by Nan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Nan That is so sweet. Someday, I hope.



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