Falling Man is a direct encounter with the enormous force of history, yet the story is told through the intimate lives of a few people immediately affected. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive.
©2007 Don DeLillo. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
"There have been a number of novels written in the past years about 9/11 that have attempted to come to grips with what that horrible day means to us. None of them are like this one....It's a testament to DeLillo's brilliant command of language that readers will feel once again, whether they want to or not, as scared and as sad as they felt that day." (Booklist)
"This novel is a return to DeLillo's best work. No other writer could encompass 9/11 quite like DeLillo does here....The writing has the intricacy and purpose of a wiring diagram....It is as if Players, The Names, Libra, White Noise, Underworld - with their toxic events, secret histories, moral panics - converge, in that day's narrative of systematic vulnerability, scatter and tentative regrouping." (Publishers Weekly)
"Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness and meaning to all that howling space." (The New York Times Book Review)
"the point is... invalidation," one of the characters says. Or something like that. That is the point of this book, alright.
This book is lots of thought, no wisdom.
Lots of mulling and self absorption and obsession. No passion. Just mindless repetition.
Is Delillo saying this is what happens when there's a major tragedy?
Is he saying that humanity has so little energy, so little humility, so little imagination, so little humor?
Yes. That's what he's saying.
Dust thou art to dust returnest. Is what he's saying.
I think the man's in need of an anti-depressant.
God, what a deadly group of characters.
No more Delillo for me.
It took me three months to finish this book. I wish I had read it instead of listened to it. The narrator was monotonous and hard to follow, he had no emotion in his voice. I got bored and would have to stop for days before I would try again.
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