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The author of the book: Don DeLillo
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Date of issue: 2009
ISBN 13: 9783442466313
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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, as a result, feel far, far away.
Maybe this is the point. Maybe. This is, after all, a novel about a dysfunctional family (father, mother, son) and the impact of 9/11 on their lives. The novel begins in the cloudy streets after the attack, and it jumps around through the preceding events and the aftermath until it finally returns to the husband's experience inside the towers when the planes hit. The characters are already estranged from each other before they suffer this trauma, and the events that follow only further estrange them.
And so, it seems, nobody really knows anybody, and hardly anyone really wants to talk to anyone else about anything, and DeLillo, it seems, wants us to feel this emptiness and helplessness. Conversations between characters are abstract and oblique. They repeat lines often, as if in a trance. Their sentences fall short. They all fade away from each other. Sometimes they even talk about fading away from each other.
Maybe this is an accurate portrayal of the shock and confusion of what happened, but it doesn't make good reading.
The question it raises, though, is what DeLillo's intention is. Reading this was maddening; there's very little to grab onto. If his goal is for us to experience the same aimless wandering as the people who walked away from the rubble, then he has succeeded. We're confused, we don't know where we're going, but we keep turning the pages.
Unfortunately, doing so is a burden. I wanted again and again to abandon this book, but forced myself through it. The ending, however, did offer some reward. In the final pages DeLillo recreates what it was like to be in the towers when the planes struck. It offered something solid and new, and it helped explain the frustrating mood of the rest of the novel.
Could DeLillo have started with the crash? It might have explained the tone better in my mind, but he’d have been left without a clear ending. As it is, the attack does serve as a kind of climax.
Even so, I realize that some of my distaste also came from being unwilling to let myself into the novel. Already, I was skeptical of the sensationalism of the event. 9/11 still reeks of press and politics, and making a film or writing a book about it seems like a path to an easy buck, even if it is Don DeLillo.
As a treatment of 9/11, I appreciated Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close more. It gives us the distance from the attacks that time has allowed most readers. It takes us away from the immediacy of being in the towers and in the rubble, which most of us will never quite be able to relate to, and explores how that experience has become a part of our lives rather than the entirety of our lives.
Do I recommend it? No. Maybe for someone who wants to know what it feels like to be lost.
Would I teach it? No.
Lasting Impression: Reading this is like walking through fog. There are shapes that look like people moving around you, but you never really know who they are.
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Read information about the authorDon 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 Book Award (Underworld, 1998).
DeLillo's sixteenth novel, Point Omega, was published in February, 2010.
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